Brackley Town 3 Leamington 0
TEN-MAN Brakes failed to arrest their slump and slipped to a disappointing Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division defeat at leaders Brackley on Saturday.
Brakes, who have failed to win any of their last eight games during which they have picked up just four points, faced an uphill task once central defender Asa Charlton was sent off for a foul on Steve Diggin after 12 minutes.
The depleted visitors battled bravely but were finally undone by three goals in the final 30 minutes which leaves them eighth in the table, 11 points behind table-topping Brackley and four points adrift of the play-off spots.
Brakes keeper Nathan vaughan made two fine early saves to deny Glenn Walker and Diggin, while at the other end David Kolodynski and Jacob Blyth combined to set up Richard Batchelor who fired over the bar.
The dismissal of Charlton, which followed the intervention of the assistant referee and looked harsh, put Brakes firmly on the back foot.
Kolodynski was replaced by Jamie Hood as manager Paul Holleran looked to strengthen his defence.
Walker had another effort well saved by Vaughan before Brackley had two efforts disallowed in quick succession.
the hosts thought they had opened the scoring, the ball being prodded home after the Leamington keeper had parried a shot, but it had apparently already gone out of play.
Brakes defended resolutely and deservedly reached half time on level terms but their resistance was eventually broken on the hour when Marvin Robinson bundled home the rebound after Diggin had struck the post.
Brackley doubled their advantage after 72 minutes when Owen Story was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Liam Daly. Diggin converted the resulting penalty only for referee Chris O’Donnell to order the kick to be re-taken.
Diggin’s second attempt was smartly saved by Vaughan but, astonishingly, the referee ordered the spot-kick to be taken for a third time and Diggin duly slotted home.
Brakes briefly resonded through substitute Luke Corbett who fired over after a corner was not properly cleared but Brackley wrapped up the points ten minutes from time when Diggin slotted home.
Brakes travel to Bashley this Saturday (3pm) before entertaining West Bromwich Albion in the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final at the New Windmill on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Meanwhile, Brakes will be holding a filmed race night at the New Windmill on Saturday, March 3.
It follows the home match agaiunst Evesham United and the first of eight races starts at 7pm.
New signing Lee Chilton made his debut at Brackley on Saturday. Photo supplied by Sally Ellis (s)
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