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Leamington 5 Southam United 0 - 26/08/02 -
Midland Combination Premier Division
Taken from the Leamington Courier Online
FOUR second-half goals returned Brakes to winning ways as they efficiently dismantled neighbours Southam in the Icis Midland Combination Premier Division on Monday.
A three-goal flurry in five second-half minutes put Saints out of the equation after a relatively quiet first half before a bank holiday crowd of 547.
Ian Clarke's side came into the game on the back of two heavy defeats. Another one looked in the offing as early as the fourth minute, when Josh Blake fired home after a good run from Mark Rowland.
It was a telling contribution from Brakes top scorer, who limped off to be replaced by Brian Agar before the break.
It didn't work out like that - at least not for a while. Former Racing Club enigma Adam Munday worked hard in the centre of the Southam defence and Hayden Proctor - son of Brakes' co-manager Barry and brother of Saints' captain Ashley - produced some lively moments alongside young forward Danny Wilson.
Wilson was the next player to put the ball in the back of the net, but his 24th minute header from a Stuart Nichol cross was ruled out for an infringement.
If that was a let-off for Brakes, they waited until the second half to capitalise on it. Former Saint Glen Webb set things rolling, crashing a Baz Shearsby ball in on 53 minutes.
Two minutes later the outcome was all-but guarenteed when Webb ran onto a Paul Nicholls tap from a free kick.
Another Southam old boy drove a nail into the coffin before the hour was up. Wiing back Jag Bahi opened his Brakes account with an angled drive when superbly picked out by Agar following a Webb through ball.
Nicholls was rewarded for an afternoon's hard work with the fifth goal. Captain Steve Thompson crossed from the left, picking out the unmarked striker who emphatically headed home. Southam manager Ian Clarke was left to ponder what might have been. He said: "No one likes losing 5-0 and it's particularly disappointing to do so in a local derby.
"It would have been nice to have had the goal but I'm not the sort of person to blame the match officials.
"I was pleased with the fact that we tried to pass the ball around and I was pleased with the goal because it came from good play - Stuart Nichol crossed it and Danny Wilson headed it in - but it didn't count and we had a ten-minute spell when we fell asleep and gave away two goals."
Barry Proctor saw it as a job well done: "In the first half we seemed hung over from Saturday's defeat.
"But the introduction of Brian Agar made a real difference - and it was his first game of the season. He was holding the ball up well and setting a great example to the rest of the team."