Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Brakes beat Irons

Table topping Leamington beat Cradley Town 3-0 at the New Windmill Ground but it should have been 6-0 so dominant were the Brakes. Cradley (pronounced Crade-ley) took £38 at their home game last Saturday, but faced a crowd of 441 at Harbury Lane. The town is an historic ironmaking centre and the club is known as the Hammers or Irons.

Before the match there was a presentation for winning the FA National Groundsman of the Year Award which means that Leamington have the best pitch out of some 600 at Steps 5 and 6 of the non-league pyramid.

Brakes opened their account after 6 minutes with an Andy Gregory header and then the much improved Clunsie (Martin Thompson) scored a cracking goal after 12. The score remained that way until half time despite almost constant Leaminton possession with Mozza left with nothing to do in the Brakes goal.

It is said that Josh Blake hardly ever scores at the Harbury Lane End, but he made it 3-0 with a header on 47 minutes. And that was the way the score stayed, despite constant Leamington pressure. The Cradley keeper, who was wearing a migraine design red and black top, actually grabbed Jon Blake and spun him round when he was through on goal, a manoeuvre I have never seen before in football, but the referee failed to intervene. Clunsie had a great chance to make it 4-0, but somehow put the ball wide, but with news of second placed Tipton losing at Boldmere St.Michaels filtering through, the score was good enough.


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