League & Cup Results 2001/02
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Leamington 1 Pershore Town 0 - 03/11/01 - Endsleigh Challenge Cup

Leamington looked to extend their winning streak to nine games against Midland Combination Premier Division opposition Pershore Town.  Pershore finished fourth in their league last season so would definitely provide the sternest test to Leamington all season.

Pershore had the best of the five minutes or so, before Leamington started to hit back with a combination of passing play through the midfield and long balls knocked forward for Josh Blake to chase.  The latter paid dividends in the 18th minute as Blake chased a long ball towards the Pershore penalty area.  The Town 'keeper got to the ball first but succeeded only in clearing it to Brian Agar who controlled the ball then hit it into the back of the net from outside the penalty area.

Leamington then exterted more pressure before being awarded a penalty in the 34th minute.  But any hope of extending their lead disappeared as Timms put the penalty well wide. 

This penalty miss spurred Pershore on as they pushed forward looking for an equaliser before halftime.  Brakes defended well, and Richard Morris put on a nifty display of skill by his left hand corner flag by flipping the ball over a Pershore player before clearing.

The second half started with Pershore the stronger, putting on a lot of pressure to the Brakes' goal.  Leamington were themselves confined to hitting the long ball forward in the hope of finding Blake.  Morris interecepted several dangerous crosses, and put in some top saves - the pick of the bunch being a tip over the bar after a Pershore cross from the left was met with a looping header.

After weathering the storm Leamington found their fluency again, using the left wing to great effect, as well as passing through the middle and knocking the odd long ball.  They went close on several occasions with shots from outside the box and headers that flashed just wide as they looked to deservedly extend their lead.  Blake missed a great chance one on one with the keeper but managed to somehow put it just past the post with a flick off the outside of his left boot.

But Leamington looked very comfortable for the closing 15 minutes and were worthy winners when the referee bought the game to a close.  Even the Pershore fans in the Sheep-side stand agreed.  Leamington are at home to Feckenham Town on 8th December in the next round.