Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Revenge is sweet

Last May Barwell won a surprise victory in the final of the Midland Alliance League Cup at the Bescot Stadium, Walsall. Tonight Leamington gained their revenge over the Leicestershire side by knocking them out 3-1 in the first round of the Polymac Services League Cup at the New Windmill Ground.

The Ben Mackey song rang out to the tune of 'My old man's a dustman' when he put Brakes ahead on 22 minutes. But it was a story of missed chances for the home side, with Josh Blake firing inches wide of an open goal, while former Brentford and Grimsby keeper Jason Pearcey had little to do for Brakes.

New signing Scott Darroch was brought on when Leamington failed to add to their tally. On 75 minutes he made it 2-0 with a superb lob from 25 yards out. Barwell then made it 2-1 through a scrappy goal from Reece Lester and worries about extra time were heard in the Sheepside stand, now guarded by a superb life size model of a sheep.

As Barwell became more physical, follically challenged referee Russell Lethbridge produced a blizzard of yellow cards, even spending a long time pointing out to their coach the location of a dressing room.

On 88 minutes Dave Pearson put the game beyond doubt. There was still time for charm merchant Karl Noble to be sent off, while the unfathomable oaths and curses of the red faced supporters of the Hinckley side disturbed the quiet of the Warwickshire country air.


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