Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Brakes slaughter Saints to take cup

Leamington had a convincing 7-1 win over Southam United (formed in 1905 and absorbing Southam Town a few years ago) at the New Windmill Ground tonight to take the Friendship Cup. It seemed only yesterday that we had driven down Harbury Lane for the last match of the season and I had time to buy the new Joma away shirt which looked very like the Charlton training shirt Curbs gave Maggie at the end of the season. I was in the black and gold that is destined to serve as Charlton's away kit.

One surprise at the ground was the new Sheepside Stand which we were told didn't really exist as it does not have specific planning consent and can be unbolted easily. However, it was too hot on that side and we sat in the interim Burger Side stand.

Brakes were without their normal back three and key striker Dave Pearson, formerly at Coventry City and Luton Town. Yet moments after petite referee S Massey had blown the whistle, the ball was in the back of the net, delivered by former youth player Jamie Coleman. He made it 2-0 on 10 minutes. Clunsie (Martin Thompson) scored on 30 minutes. Then speedy right wing back Jamie Towers, recruited from Coventry Sphinx, made it 4-0 on 32 minutes. Shortly afterwards there was handbags at six places and the referee, who looked as if her schooldays were not long behind her, had to tick off the players involved.

Leamington went 5-0 ahead from Towers and then he completed his hat trick to make it 6-0. Brakes started to make a number of substitutions, Steve Thompson coming on to shouts of 'There are only two Tommos.' Veteran Paul Eden and removal man Josh Blake were brought on. Brakes drifted out of the game a bit and Saints snatched a consolation goal from their No.10 shirt.

Tom James made it 7-1 for the Brakes on 78 minutes, leading Southam to substitute their midget goalkeeper who was carrying a leg injury and who had been the subject of relentless banter from the North Bank which he returned as he stalked off.

At the end of the game David Hucker, the Richard Murray of Leamington, presented a very splendid cup to the winning side who now face a tougher test away to Banbury on Thursday in the Chiltern Railways Shield.


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