Dudley Sports 3 Leamington 5 - 22/09/01 - Midland Combination
Taken from the Leamington Courier Online
DANGEROUS Dudley were
swept aside by an 'old five' as free-scoring Brakes climbed to second
place in the Midland Combination Division One table on Saturday.
Benson Miyoba scored two, despite being switched to wing back to make way
for returning striker Josh Blake. The teenager added two himself, with
hard-working midfielder Nick Mort also on target.
It was a nail-biting afternoon in the Black Country for another large
contingent of travelling Brakes fans, whose side was sometimes as porous
at the back as it was incisive in the final third. Yet three points and
five goals away from home was a good return, as co-manager Barry Proctor
was quick to point out.
"It was an entertaining match and a much better performance from us
than in the last two games. We worked really hard, especially in midfield,
and Paul Eden created quite a few chances," he said.
Chairman Mick Brady was also pleased with the day's work. He said:
"Their secretary rang us and said they had never seen support like it
and that we would be welcome back any time."
Eden looked a class act on his debut, linking well with Blake and looking
fitter than his long lay-off led fans to expect. He missed a great chance
when one-on-one with the keeper, but his impact was felt long before that.
A tenth-minute move he instigated on the left saw Blake slide in at the
far post for his sixth goal in three games.
Dudley were always in the hunt and their persistance was rewarded on the
half hour when a low shot across goal evaded returning keeper Richard
Morris. Leamington's influential wing backs combined to put their side
back in front on 42 minutes when Miyoba headed home a long Steve Thompson
Baz Shearsby replaced the injured Simon Wickson at half time, slotting
quickly into position as the chances came thick and fast. Miyoba probably
thought he had put the game beyond doubt from close range when Blake
turned provider after an hour.
Instead Dudley were all square within ten minutes, exploiting poor marking
with a powerful header and lashing a penalty past Morris after an
ill-judged intervention from Glen Webb. Almost immediately Brakes were
back in front when Mort finished powerfully from distance.
Blake snatched the fifth in the 89th minute, sprinting clear and round the
keeper when the offside flag surprisingly stayed down.
Former Brakes keeper Alan Dulleston mingled with fans in Dudley on
Saturday. Dulleston, who was a fixture in Brakes' Alliance Premier League
side of the early 1980s, now lives in the Black Country.