Kenilworth Town 1 Leamington 3 - 10/11/01 - Midland
Combination Division One
Taken from the Leamington Courier online
PRE-MATCH talk among the record crowd of 279 mostly
Brakes fans at Gypsy centred on how many goals the unbeaten visitors would
But as is often the way with derby games, it didn't quite turn out like
that. Despite starting with their youth team strike force, depleted
Kenilworth had the best of the early exchanges and were in no mood for a
Midland Combination Division One rout.
Leamington's strength in depth won through in the end, but both managers
took something from the game. Pleased with the win, Brakes joint boss
Jason Cadden said: "It wasn't the prettiest game but we worked hard
for the three points."
Kenilworth player/manager Neil Stephenson enyoyed his side's second
improved performance i as many weeks.
"If we'd taken our chances early on it could have been a different
game. They didn't score for half an hour and we had three good chances.
But we played well and made it hard for them."
With Luke Parker and Danny Wareham both out, Town started with Danny
Wareham and Kieran McGlinchey up front. With Michael Speight and James
Foxon looking particularly strong and big hearted, their side traded blows
equally for half an hour and should have gone ahead when Wareham was
one-on-one with Brakes keeper Richard Morris.
Nick Mort put Leamington ahead on 36 minutes, blasting in a half-cleared
corner from captain-for-the-day Steve Thompson after good work from Kevin
Ariss. It was Ariss who doubled the lead ten minutes after the break,
heading a Glen Webb cross past keeper Steve Harman.
At the other end player/boss Stephenson had a wicked free kick deflected
wide saw Kev Smiths's effort from the resulting corner saved by Morris.
The left-sided Thompson swapped places with striker Josh Blake for Brakes'
third goal. Top-scorer Blake crossed to Thompson, who drilled a low,
left-footed shot past Harman.
Adam Sewell scored Kenilworth's late consolation, squeezing theball past
Morris's outstetched hand after chances for Danny Walmsley, Bernie Gomez
and James Foxon all came to nothing.
Blake, Darren Timms and Neale Perry all missed chances for Brakes late on.