League & Cup Results 2002/03
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Highgate 0 Leamington 0  - 26/10/02 - Midland Combination Premier Division
Taken from the Leamington Courier Online

Brakes regained top spot in ICIS Midland Combination Premier Division with a deserved draw at Highgate on Saturday.

They could have claimed all three points if they had converted possession into scoring chances.
Right from the start, Brakes looked a more purposeful side than in recent weeks and could have scored as early as the eighth minute. Following a fine solo run, Darren Timms' shot was parried but Steve Thompson missed the follow-up. Chris Hanrahan then headed Brian Agar's cross over the bar.
Despite all their possession, Brakes did not capitalise. They could have paid the penalty on 27 minutes when a free kick on the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by the assured Myles Day.
Then two minutes before the break, a good four-man move involving Agar, Hanrahan, Thompson and Josh Blake came to nothing. It summed up a frustrating first period for the usual large band of Leamington supporters.
Highgate came out to take the game to the visitors in the second half and Day was called upon to make a good save within a minute of the restart. Having weathered the opening storm, Brakes had a good spell. Perhaps the best chance fell to Blake on 61 minutes when he broke clear and tried to lob the ball over the keeper.
Two minutes later, a long throw by the ever-busy Webb was headed on by Agar to Timms whose low shot went just wide of the post. The spring-heeled Agar had a chance himself to score on 77 minutes but hit the side netting.
Impressive midfielder Hanrahan was booked for a 90th-minute foul. He could have few complaints, but must have wondered why the referee was so tolerant of some hard Highgate tackling.
At the back, Si Walker, Tom Sidwell and Andy Gregory again all had solid matches and, when they were beaten, Day showed why is one of the best shot-stoppers in the league.
Joint-manager Barry Proctor also bemoaned the lack of goal-scoring chances. He said: "We didn't pressurise their defence enough and test their keeper. However, it shows how far we have come when we are disappointed with a draw against a top side such as Highgate".
Leading striker Paul Nicholls had an exploratory operation on his left knee yesterday (Thursday) and Baz Shearsby has appealed against the severity of his six-week ban and is free to play for the foreseeable future. Simon Wickson and Harj Dhesi made appearances from the bench.