Strike partners Paul Nicholls and Martin Thompson showed the New
Windmill Ground what they were made of in a first half rout of Highfield
Leicester Senior League outfit
Highfield Rangers pulled back a goal in the 84th minute but it proved too
little too late after Brakes' first half mauling in the second qualifying
round of the FA Vase.
Thompson decided not to keep the expectant 452-strong crowd waiting for
the first goal and slotted home after just 21 seconds after harrying the
keeper into a mistake.
Highfield came into the game for a 20 minute spell but failed to convert
the pressure into chances - a failing they would later regret.
Paul Nicholls added a touch of class to the proceedings on 25 minutes
after a Nick McFarlane free kick found him at the near post. He chipped
the ball over his shoulder on the turn and finished with a low volley to
open the flood gates to two more goals in less than six minutes.
Nicholls fed Josh Blake with a low cross from the left on 28 minutes for a
rare right-footed finish, and McFarlane headed up the Brakes' goals three
minutes later after nodding home an in-swinging Steve Thompson corner from
With a four-goal cushion behind them, Leamington took their feet off the
pedal in the second 45 and Highfield sub Josh Richards scrambled the ball
into the net for a goal which initially seemed to have been disallowed.
Highfield's Anton Amoo added to his side's misery with two minutes to go
after receiving a second yellow in an otherwise good-tempered encounter.
Despite shots from Andy Gregory, M Thompson and David Care, the score
remained at 4-1 to give Brakes a £500 boost and a ticket to the first
Brakes: Richard Morris, David Care, Nick McFarlane (Harj Dhesi 86), Tom
Sidwell, Andy Gregory, Darren Timms, Chris Hanrahan, Josh Blake (Jonny
Burgess 60), Martin Thompson (Vernor Sleem 65), Paul Nicholls, Steve
Thompson. Subs not used: James Gettings, Niels Kristensen.