Monday, August 28, 2006

Brakes decelerate to concede draw

Leamington maintained their unbeaten record in the Polymac Services Midland Alliance at Alvechurch this afternoon, but managed to turn a 3-0 lead into a 3-3 draw.

I know someone who lives in Alvechurch in a house called 'The Old Granary'. It's that sort of village. But it has also sustained a football team that was the only village side in the Southern League, reached the 3rd round of the FA Cup and holds the record for the longest tie in the history of the FA Cup (six matches and 660 minutes against Oxford City in 1971, Alvechurch won). Rolling verdant pastures dotted with sheep surround the Lye Meadow ground.

We've heard some complaints about the voice of the new Valley pitchside announcer, but at least it's better than the nasal drone of the Church mikesman who also managed to render 'Josh Blake' as 'Joshua Blake'.

Church had a goal disallowed for offside, but Brakes showed their mettle with an Adam Knight strike, leading the Brakesmen and women occupying the stand to taunt the Church supporters with a chant of 'You're not talking any more.'

A fight broke out between Church charm merchant Callum Gittings and Adam Knight, both receiving a yellow card. Brakes supporter taunted the lizard like Gittings with the apt chant of 'Iguana'. Stuart Herlihey made it 2-0 for Brakes before the break, producing the usual chant of 'He's got no hair, we don't care.'

Adam Knight scored his second to make it 3-0 for Brakes shortly after the match re-started. Leamington are always vulnerable when they have 3-0 lead as they showed the other week against Studley, although then they managed to hang on at 3-2. Despite Brakes rattling the bar, they were not able to put any of their chances away while Church exploited defensive frailities to level the score.

No doubt Jason Cadden locked the team in the dressing room as he did after Studley with Brakes missing a chance to steal ahead of surprise package Boldmere St. Michaels in the title chase.


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