Saturday, January 21, 2006

Magpies knock Brakes out of Vase

Leamington have never got beyond the 4th round of the FA Vase and they won't again this year after they went down 2-3 to Wimborne Town at The New Windmill Ground. It was a pulsating cup game watched by 770 fans and despite a park and ride scheme, the ground car quickly filled up and then the chicken farm.

Wimborne brought a large and vocal contingent, including their town crier who delivered a loud but nevertheless inaudible speech on the pitch before kick off. The game was tightly fought in the first half, but a mistake by defensive collosus Darran Tank allowed Wimborne to go ahead after 37 minutes.

Leamington came back into the game in the second half with an equaliser by captain Morton Titterton in a goalmouth scramble. Top goalscorer Richard Adams then made it 2-1 to the Brakes. However, Wimborne equalised and as Brakes keeper Richard Morris received treatment in the goalmouth, it all went off behind the goal with stewards rushing it to deal with a fracas that seemed to be near the town crier.

It looked as if the game would go to extra time and possibly a replay, but heartbreak for the Brakes came with a headed Wimborne goal with not enough minutes left for the home side to get back in the game. The final blow came with Andy Gregory being sent off for a second bookable offence.


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