Saturday, December 23, 2006

Brakes win thrilling battle of the brothers

In one of the most exciting matches I have seen at the New Windmill Ground, No.1 Polymac Services Midland Alliance side Leamington took on No.2 rivals Romulus in a match which pitched Leamington's Jon Adams against his brother and former Brakes player Richard. Brakes came out on top 4-3 putting them sixteen points clear at the top of the league. It was a tense match with Romulus danger man and charm merchant Tyrone Fagan being sent off towards the end.

Darius Vassell, Zat Knight, Simon Sturridge, Stuart Bowen (Baggies) and Luke Rogers (Shrewsbury) have all emerged from the Romulus youth production line and the north Birmingham side, who play at Sutton Coldfield Town, proved the strongest opponents seen at Harbury Lane this season.

We set out for the ground early, but although we arrived forty-five minutes before kick off, we had to queue for ten minutes to get in, although this was partly the result of a survey conducted by the local council worried about traffic congestion before and after games. Despite the countryside location, complaints about crowd noise at matches also remain a planning issue.

We positioned ourselves in the Sheepside Stand under Dolly the Sheep. The game soon developed into a pattern of fast, end to end play which was to characterise it throughout. On 17 minutes it looked as if Brakes had scored, but the ball hit the post, the crossbar and then bounced off a player's backside.

However, titter ye not, it was veteran Morton Titterton who put the home side 1-0 ahead after 25 minutes. Throughout the match Titteron showed some quality play in controlling the midfield.

Romulus were awarded a free kick and Brakes failed to put a defender on the far line, allowing Lei Brown to put the ball through the wall and in at the far post on 31 minutes. The five Romulus supporters who had positioned themselves at the top of the Burger Side stand went beserk.

Tom Wilmore got booked for Romulus and then Richard Adams made it 2-1 on 40 minutes, the Romulus players giving it large to the Sheepside who had been making their opinions known about the antics of Stanivias Duris (a name that sounds like a virus). Almost immediately Leamington replied on 42 minutes to make it 2-2 through Clunsie (Martin Thompson).

After the break Romulus went ahead, once again through a free kick with no one on the line. But Ben Mackey who had been brought on after 59 minutes to replace Josh Blake made it 3-3 on 74 minutes.

The winning goal for the Brakes was scored on 76 minutes by the other Adams brother, Jon. Even with the loss of Fagin for violent conduct, Romulus still showed an ability to play the ball down the slope, but Brakes were able to hold on and apply some pressure of their own to secure the three points.

The Romulus team looked really fed up and at least one of them was still mouthing off as they left the pitch. Brakes fans went home happy, looking forward to the Boxing Day clash against Racing Club Warwick.

A quick visit to the clubhouse confirmed that Charlton was adhering to its 'relegation with integrity' plan with a 2-0 defeat at Boro. According to Radio 5, Charlton had adopted negative tactics and their body language showed a lack of confidence, although apparently there were furious arguments between the players in the tunnel at half time.


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