LEAMINGTON manager Jason Cadden wants his team to go on an unbeaten run
all the way to Christmas in response to a disappointing pair of results.
Last week's dismal 3-1 reverse at home
to Castle Vale KH, coupled with Saturday's frustrating stalemate with draw
specialists Highgate, has dampened some of the enthusiasm with which fans
greeted an opening six-match winning streak. Cadden remains optimistic
about his team's Midland Combination Premier Divisionn title aspirations,
but believes now is the time to start proving it again.
"We didn't really perform again on Saturday, we didn't really play
that well. But if we hadn't made two mistakes we would have won the game,
despite not playing well. It was one of those days, but you have to take
the positives," he said.
"The lads don't need to be told, they know they had a poor game. At
the moment not everything we hit is going in, but that's understandable
because these aren't Premiership players. They aren't going to play
brilliantly week-in, week-out."
Although quick to defend his squad, Cadden said it was time to start
putting pressure on the other clubs at the top of the table.
"We've set a target for the lads to stay undefeated until Christmas -
then we'll be half-way through the season. You have to be positive."
Saturday's draw at the New Windmill was another less-than-convincing
display. Top-scorer Paul Nicholls put Brakes ahead after eight minutes,
latching on to a long ball which he drove into the left corner.
The home defence looked shaky at times, despite some vital interventions
from Niels Kristensen and Tom Sidwell. Highgate breached it with a
With a succession of unimaginative long balls stifling any hope of
midfield creativity, Brakes struggled to seriously threaten. Nicholls and
Darren Timms were exceptions, both going close before the break.
The lacklustre pattern continued after the break and few among the
395-strong crowd were surprised when Highgate took the lead after a good
break down the left. Nicholls responded almost at once, pouncing on a
moment's hesitation to turn the ball in from a tight angle for his tenth
goal of a fine season so far.
For the first time in the match, Brakes looked the more likely winners.
Substitutes Chris Hanrahan and James Harri injected fresh impetus, the
latter going close twice, and Josh Blake had an effort tipped over the
Highgate had a mabn sent off in the closing stages and were almost beaten
by a Nicholls strike which would have earbed him a deserved hat-trick.
Leamington: Gettings, Care, Gregory, Sidwell, Kristensen, Timms (Hanrahan
66), Shearsby, Blake, Sleem (Harri 72), Nicholls, Thompson (captain). Sub
not used: Burgess.