Leamington 3 Mile Oak Rovers 1 - 29/09/01 - Midland
Combination Division One
Taken from the Leamington Courier Online
Leamington 3 Mile Oak Rovers 1 STRIKER Paul Eden
scored a hat-trick on his home debut as Brakes stretched their unbeaten
league run to nine games at the New Windmill on Saturday.
A penalty 20 minutes from time completed the scoring following two
first-half strikes. It was a gritty, well-deserved win by Barry Proctor
and Jason Cadden's men, only marred by the dismissal of Guy Rippon for
violent conduct in the closing stages.
The victory, Brakes' sixth of the Midland Combination Division One
campaign, strengthened their claim on second place in the table. It was a
satisfactory performance, according to Cadden.
"It wasn't the best, but it was three points. And what can you say
about the goals? They were all great finishes," he said.
Mile Oak took the lead on 14 minutes, capitalising on a moment of
defensive uncertainty with a free header past the reach of Richard Morris.
Benson Miyoba had hit the post after combining with Josh Blake moments
earlier, but it was Eden who seized the moment. Finding time and space as
Blake, Miyoba and Steve Thompson unsettled the defence with a string of
incisive runs, the ex-Racing Club Warwick man coolly finished from outside
the box after spotting the keeper off his line.
Mile Oak worked hard, but failed to capitalise on Brakes' mistakes and
occasional slowness when chasing loose balls. Eden punished them on 41
minutes, collecting a cross from the influential Nick Mort before shooting
on the turn.
Blake's pace and Thompson's tireless work on the left created the bulk of
Leamington's second-half chances. The Mile Oak keeper was carried off with
concussion after one close, accidental encounter with the young striker.
Thompson's efforts were finally rewarded on 70 minutes, when the referee
pointed to the spot following a tackle on the edge of the box. Eden was
the obvious choice to take the kick and made no mistake, shooting low into
the right-hand corner.
With little malice in the game, the dismissal of Rippon and a Mile Oak
striker for fighting came as something of a surprise. The pair clashed as
Mile Oak waited to take a corner.
Substitutes Darren Timms, Neale Perry and Ian Billington helped steady the
ship in the closing minutes. Thompson drove just over the bar and Baz
Shearsby went just wide with a reboiund after Blake headed against a post.
Cadden was full of praise for Eden. He said: "He brings that extra
bit of quality. We went in ahead at half-time because one individual took
the game by the scruff of the neck and scored two great goals."