Saturday 27 August 2011

Brakes hunt down Stags

Not a good day for match analyst and Stags supporter Homer

Leamington defeated AFC Totton 2-1 at the New Windmill Ground this afternoon in a key victory in front of a crowd of 601 over the table topping side who had won all their matches to date.

There was an early call for a penalty for the Brakes after an apparent handball in the box. Then the Stags went ahead on 13 minutes. Gosney broke away at speed for the visitors and the goal was attributed to Jonathan Davies although I thought it could have been an own goal.

Baddley and Charles received yellow cards for the visitors, the latter for a blatant trip on Downes. Porter had to make a good save for Totton to deny Leamington.

Totton were impressive defensively with Leamington camped out in their box much of the time but always being closed down. Leamington put the ball in the air too much which was not a good idea in the very windy conditions.

Half time: Brakes 0, Stags 1

Breeden in the Brakes goal changed the game with a great assist which led to a penalty dispatched with aplomb by Jacob Blyth who was my man of the match. Despite the last man being brought down, the referee thought that no card was necessary.

Leamington then went ahead on 67 minutes after Berwick had provided the assist for his strike partner Blyth.

Totton used all their three substitutes, the last one coming on to cries of 'Bring out your dead.' The referee gave a series of dubious free kick decisions to Totton which led to Richard Batchelor receiving a yellow card for dissent.

The referee added on as much time as he could find but Leamington held on with some authority and the players received warm applause as they left the pitch.

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