Midland Floodlit League Eastern Division
Phillips 66 Community Stadium
Monday 2nd October 2017

With the remnants of hurricane Rita battering the Phillips 66 Community Stadium all day, incredibly the wind abated just one hour before the kick off, leaving a pleasantly mild but breezy evening.

Leicester Road were the visitors in a hastily arranged fixture unusually being played on a Monday night against an unbeaten Leamington. It was action from the kick off with Leicester Road attacking the North Bank end in their Barcelona style kit and Brakes debutant keeper Patrick Kollie was called into action as early as the second minute to save at the feet of Jack Hilton following a fine cross in from wide left.

At the other end Jack Winarski forced a diving save out of Roads keeper Joe Fenwick following a mis-clearance. Brakes' Swiercz was denied by a superb tackle by Taylor as he was poised to shoot from close on goal in a lively start. Brakes' keeper made a routine save from Forbes and two good efforts from Underwood and Rose followed as Leicester Road began to stretch the Brakes defence. It was no surprise with the pressure building up on the Brakes defence that another beautifully weighted ball from midfield across the park found Andy Forbes in space to fire home from the edge of the box. 1-0 Leicester Road after 13 minutes.

The Brakes were under the cosh and minutes later another chance went beging as a super cross from wide evaded both the defence and the oncoming Road striker with the goal gapping in front of him.

Brakes keeper had to make a full length save as a free kick beat the wall from 20 yards as Leciester Road pushed forward in search of a second goal. Immediately from the save Winiarski was thwarted by by a last ditch tackle as he was set to shoot, but then following a neat four pass move Swiercz played a pinpoint cross for Winiarski to bury a header at the back post - 1-1 on 32 minutes.

The goal lifted the Brakes and Leciester Road's keeper made two excellent saves to deny Shay Nicholson and Patryck Swiercz whose effort was cleared off the goal line. Half Time: 1-1.

Leicester Road made 3 substitutions at halftime. The lively Swiercz was soon in action drawing a fine save from Fenwick again. Brakes introduced Gerald Zefi to bolster the midfield to counter the high press game that Leicester Road were playing to good effect. This tactic turned the game and a weaving run from Zefi set up Winiarski but the normally sharp striker wanted too long on the ball and was closed down when well placed.

On 68 minutes Brakes' Joe Bridge-Brown finished a well worked move down the right flank with a powerful drive from 10 yards. Brakes were now putting together some lovely one touch passing moves and Winiarski finished off one such move getting on the end of a super ball to make it 3 -1 as Brakes took control of the middle of the park. Zefi made it 4 with a blistering drive off the bar on 80 minutes.

Leicester Road countered but Brakes defence held firm with Luke Dodd outstanding at the back. Leicester Road's Ward hit the post with a speculative effort only for the excellent Swiercz to latch onto a super ball from Al Amin who was enjoying his new midfield role, to round the keeper to make it 5-1, and one minute later happy Jack Winarski found himself unmarked in the box to claim yet another hatrick. Full time: Leamington 6 Leicester Road 1.

 Keith Hancock

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