League & Cup Results 2001/02
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Leamington 1 Pershore Town 0 - 03/11/01 - Endsleigh Challenge Cup
Taken from the Leamington Courier online
Captain Brian Agar's first-half goal was enough to knock Premier Division Pershore out of the Endsleigh Challenge Cup and secure his side's ninth straight win.
Brakes, the Midland Combination's overall team of the month for October, produced a professional display at the New Windmill on Saturday and could have won by more. Darren Timms missed a first-half penalty and other chances went begging.
Joint boss Barry Proctor said: "I was more pleased than I had been in recent weeks, even though we've been scoring a hatfful of goals.
"It was a difficult kind of game and we worked really hard for what we got. What impressed me was the motivation of the players and their fitness level.
"It was a battle really, but we managed the game and we deserved to win and we should have got more goals."
Pershore, who featured ex-Sky Blues stalwart Dean Emerson in their line-up, made all the early running. They were held up by an in-form Brakes defence with Laim McGovern playing superbly well alongside Will Payne and Tom Sidwell.
The speed of Josh Blake and Agar's ball skills started to unsettle Pershore and on 18 minutes that combination broke the deadlock. Blake raced through a static defence and Agar met the clearance to calmly place his fifth goal of the season.
Timms and Glen Webb were controlling the midfield and it seemed only a matter of time unbtil their side went further ahead. The pair both went close before Blake was felled in the box after a Nick Mort through ball.
Uncharacteristically, Timms drove the 34th-minute penalty wide. He almost made amends with a clever, back-kicked shot from a long Steve Thompson throw.
Perhaps surprised to still be in contention, Pershore stepped up their game and came close on 49 minutes, when Richard Morris superbly tipped a shot over the bar. That was as close as they got.
Brakes' reward is a third-round tie against another Premier Division side. Feckenham visit the New Windmill on Saturday December 8 (1.30pm). Thimblemill REC provide the opposition in the President's Cup third round, also at home, a week later (1.30pm).