Leamington  1-1  Brackley Town    1 Dec 2020

Points shared in tight tussle

Games between the two local rivals have been traditionally tight encounters and this behind-closed-doors midweek tussle was no different.

Leamington went ahead in the dying seconds of the first half as Sam Osborne broke away and his cross-shot dipped under the bar after 45 minutes of combative play with only rare threats on either goal.

Danny Lewis was twice called into action in the early stages of the second period to keep his side in the game before Saints turned on the power equalising on 83 minutes as Lee Ndlovu finished emphatically from close range as a corner kick was flicked on.  Jimmy Armson’s added time effort was close but a draw was about the right result.

“It’s a tough place to come and credit to the lads for the way they kept going,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “We probably didn’t deserve to win but we were the closer to it in those later stages.  We knew we’d come here and it would be a scrap and a battle.  It is a deserved away point.”   

Brackley Town:  Lewis, McNally (Myles 71), Franklin, Byrne, Coleman, Dean, Lowe (Chambers 60), Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Mitford (York 71), Armson.     Subs unused:  Hinds, Cullinane-Liburd.

Leamington:  Weaver, Martin, Morley, Clarke, Morrison, Lane, Osborne (Allen 87), Maye, Smith (Anderson 84), Edwards, Waldron (English 90+2).     Subs unused:   Meredith, Taylor. 

Referee:  Kristian Silcock         Assistants:  Ian Jackson and Lewis Saunders-Johnson

Attendance:  BCD