Leamington 2 - 0 Brackley Town 6/8/19
Leamington ran out deserved winners on a disappointing evening for Kevin Wilkin’s side, a goal in each half settling the destination of the three points.
“Credit to Leamington who made it difficult for us and deserved the win,” Wilkin said. “Over the two games so far we have lacked the cutting edge in the final third. For the possession we’ve had we just haven’t worked the goalkeepers anywhere near enough. Leamington did that and they take the points from it. From a goal scoring point of view I’ve got to address that and do something about it. That is what we will be working on.”
A disjointed first period sprung into life when Leamington went ahead with their only attack of the first half. Jack Edwards won a header and Jack Lane headed past Danny Lewis from the second ball with 16 minutes played. Saints hit back finding some cohesion, Shane Byrne testing keeper Jake Weaver, and Brackley enjoyed the better of the period up until the break.
The second half opened with Saints coming closest to an equaliser after good work by Carl Baker, Weaver saving well on his goal-line from the ensuing corner kick. But The Brakes increased their lead on 71 minutes as Jordan Murphy cut in from the right to finish low to Lewis’ left hand post and the home side had chances to add further goals as the visitors laboured despite plenty of possession.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Langmead (Daire 63), Dean, Lowe, Walker (Fairlamb 73), Ndlovu, Baker (Armson 63), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Audel, Holman.
Leamington: Weaver, English, Gudger, Clarke, Mace, Lane, Murphy (Mussa 83), Gittings (King 85), March, Edwards, Anderson (Keane 75). Subs unused: Shamsi, Hood.
Referee: Aaron Bannister Assistants: Reece Davies and David Constable