Monday, January 01, 2007

Worn Brakes Take 3 Points in 999 Encounter

A less than convincing Leamington took another three points at the New Windmill Ground this afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Alvechurch. The match was overshadowed by an injury to second choice goalkeeper Adam Marusiak (first choice keeper Tim Clarke having been injured in the warm up). Marusiak was stretchered off the pitch unconscious after a goalmouth scramble. After some delay, an ambulance arrived, followed by the paradmedics. Fans were then asked not to leave the ground until the ambulance was away. However, it was a good sign that it left without its blue lights flashing.

Alvechurch gave Brakes a hard time in the away fixture, turning a 3-0 lead into a 3-3 draw. Today conditions were atrocious with a swirling wind supplemented by torrential rain that started just before half time. At least the effectiveness of the ground's drainage system was put to the test. Saturday's away fixture against the Bardsmen had been postponed after the Stratford pitch had been flooded by a torrent of plain verse.

The conditions were no excuse for the fact that Brakes kept losing possession in the first half, punting the ball forward which was no good in the conditions. Only a goal line clearance stopped Church going in 1-0 ahead at half time.

Four minutes after the break Ben Mackey put the Brakes ahead went a low shot from distance (his later replacement by Clunesie incensed some of the Sheepside stand regulars). However, six minutes later Church equalised through Rostill. In a goalmouth scramble that injured the Church keeper through a boot to the head, Jamie Towers scored the winner for Brakes.

Third choice keeper Lee Brown was little tested in the Church goal and when he was he stood up well. Battling Church always looked capable of an equaliser and no one could have complained if they had. Brakes were lacking Andy Gregory and Jon Adams, but even so it was one of the worst performances of the year for the rest of the side.

Let's hope the Church keeper recovers quickly from his unfortunate start to 2007.


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