Brakes on track for the double

Wednesday 21 November 2012 Updated: 21/11 15:08

Stourbridge 1 Leamington 2

BUBBLING Brakes reached the last 16 of the Red Insure League Cup with a hard fought victory at Southern League Premier Division title rivals Stourbridge on Tuesday night.

Lee Moore and Richard Batchelor were on target in the second half to keep Brakes firmly on course for the double.

New keeper Laurie Walker, who has signed on a dual registration from Brackley Town, made his debut and was largely untroubled during a low-key opening 45 minutes.

Brakes only effort of note during the first half was a well struck volley from Alex Taylor which Lewis Solly comfortably saved.

The visitors eventually broke the deadlock five minutes after the break through Moore who latched onto a poor clearance and fired home from 20-yards.

The joy proved short-lived as Stournridge equalised within eight minutes with Ben Billingham cleverly creating an opening for Jordan Fitzpatrick to finish from close range.

The goal inspired Stourbridge who pressed forward but Chris Knight and Sean Evans, twice, were thwarted by splendid saves from Walker.

Brakes weathered the storm and grabbed what proved the winner ten minutes from time when Batchelor escaped his marker to head home Moore's near post corner.

Meanwhile, Brakes boosted their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title challenge with a convincing 3-0 victory over third-placed St Neots Town at the New Windmill on Satrurday.

The visitors, who included former Brakes favourite Ben Mackey and ex-Aston Villa striker Stefan Moore up front, were ruthlessly brushed aside.

Brakes, producing some of their best football of the season, wrapped up the points with three goals inside 19 minutes.

They got off to the perfect start when Ricky Johnson set up central defender Liam Daly who left keeper Michael Duggan helpless with a well placed low 25-yard drive.

Stephan Morley doubled the lead in the 13th minute by cleverly exchanging passes with James Husband before unleashing a powerful cross shot into the far corner.

The visitors defence struggled to contain Brakes and it was no surprise when Martyn Naylor released Lee Chilton who neatly finished.

Chilton wasted a golden opportunity midway through the first half before limping off injured but substitute Tom Berwick fired inches wide with his first touch.

Brakes relaxed their grip in he second half but finished comfortable winners with home keeper Niall Cooper only being called into action after 70 minutes to produce a smart save to deny substitute Tom Spark.

Brakes, who are three points behind leaders Hemel Hempstead Town with foiur games in hand, visit Weymouth this Saturday (3pm) before entertaining Gosport Borough on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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