League & Cup Results 2002/03
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Leamington 1 Fernhill County Sports 0 -
14/09/02 - Midland Combination Premier Division
Taken from the Leamington Courier Online
Below-par Brakes overcame a resolute Fernhill side with a third-minute goal from midfielder Baz Shearsby.
In a match that never lived up to expectations, the 415 strong crowd greeted the final whistle with some relief after 90 minutes of largely uninspiring football
Latecomers missed the opening action which saw Leamington score with their first attack. Shearsby shot from outside the penalty area and Fernhill keeper Dean Smith fumbled the ball into the net.
The visitors almost equalised ten minutes later when the Brakes' defence was in some disarray following a good run from Fernhill's liveliest forward, Carl Fairhurst. Jason Cadden and Barry Proctor's men nearly scored again on 16 minutes when a Steve Thompson corner was touched onto a post by a defender and in the 31st minute a Darren Timms header from a Thompson corner struck the side netting.
The second half was very much a repeat of the first, with missed chances and Brakes showing a tendency to live dangerously at times. The introduction of a fit-again Josh Blake on the hour added some more pace to the attack and he was denied a goal six minutes from time by a fingertip save from Smith.
Paul Nicholls showed some nice touches, turning defenders and shielding the ball, but it was the newer players, Ben Adams and Chris Hammond, who again took the eye.
Not all matches can be thrillers and this young Brakes side is learning all the time. Joint-manager Cadden summed it: "We ground out a result in what was not a pretty game to watch. Our back three again played well to keep another clean sheet".