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LEAMINGTON’S preparations for the forthcoming Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season have suffered a blow with the departure of two key men from the New Windmill ground.
Assistant manager Lee Williams has left due to increased work commitments, while goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan has decided to move to Blue Square Bet Conference Premier Division outfit Kidderminster Harriers.
Williams left with immediate effect on Friday due to work commitments together with a need to spend more time with his young family.
Brakes boss Paul Holleran said: “Family and work has to come first and I’ve known for some time that Lee was struggling with his commitments away from football.
“He has looked at things in pre-season and decided he cannot make the necessary commitment needed for the football.
“He has been a player, coach and assistant for me and we’ve had a great working relationship during that time.
“It’s sad that he is stepping away from football for the present but he is doing it for the right reasons. I’ve wished him all the best and hope to see him back in football if and when his commitments allow.’
Chairman Jim Scott added: “Lee rang me and thanked everyone at the club for their support over the past three years.
“He has made a big impact in his time at the club and I wish him well.”
Meanwhile, Holleran is also searching for a new keeper on the eve of the new season after Vaughan decided to join Kidderminster.
Holleran said: “Kidderminster got in touch with us towards the end of last week asking for permission to speak to Nathan about a transfer;’ said the Brakes boss.
“We hoped that he would decide to stay with us but he has decided he wants to give full time football a go, and we would never stand in any players’ way in a situation like this.
“Obviously we are bitterly disappointed to lose Nathan, especially so close to the start of the season, but I would like to thank him for his service to Leamington Football Club and wish him all the best.”
Brakes continued their warm-up with a 3-2 defeat at Nuneaton Town on Saturday.
Dean Perrow hit a double to put Brakes in charge but the newly-promoted Blue Square Bet Conference Premier hosts hit back to triumph with second half goals from Ron Thompson-Brown, James Armson and Andy Brown.
Brakes hit back to record a fine 1-0 victory over Conference Premier visitors Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night with Tom Berwick grabbing the only goal early in the second half.
Brakes included trialist keeper Kevin Sawyer as they continue the search to replace Nathan Vaughan who made a quick return to the New Windmill for Harriers.
Brakes complete their warm-up for the new season by entertaining Worcester City this Saturday (3pm).
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