Saturday, January 13, 2007

Ten man Brakes win 5-1 to break record

Despite playing with ten men for most of the game, Leamington beat Causeway United 5-1 today at the New Windmill Ground to take the record for playing the largest number of unbeaten league games in the history of the Midland Alliance. Brakes were defensively solid and speedy in attack. Causeway were generally poor: as one fan commented, 'You've got more rubbish than Sainsbury's.'

A strong, swirling wind did not make for easy conditions. However, on 17 minutes Jamie Towers scored for Brakes with a volley from 30 yards. Four minutes later Martin Thompson overreacted to a push from Causeway's No.4 and punched him. Referee Lena Rashid had no alternative but to send him off.

Nevertheless, Josh Blake slotted home after the ball had bounced back from the cross bar. Ben Mackey then made it 3-0 with an excellent strike before the break.

Further excitement had been provided by the air ambulance banking over the pitch and landing in a field near the scrap yard, with the police helicopter arriving shortly afterwards.

The physical game became increasingly bad tempered after the break and the diminutive referee, believed to be the daughter of Aston Villa's commercial director, found herself trying to deal with melée after melée with the aid of her linesmen. More players could have been sent off, but just one yellow was awarded as she lost control if the game.

A mix up in the Causeway defence allowed Dave Pearson to break through to make it 4-0 on 87 minutes. With one of their few shots on goal in the game, Causeway then managed to make it 4-1 with Andy Jones. However, there was still time for Josh Blake to score a fifth in the fourth minute of time added on.

As match sponsors we received a warm welcome from club officials and thoroughly enjoyed our day. I don't think that I would have enjoyed the further exposure of Charlton's defensive frailities as they went down 1-3 to Boro at The Valley.


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