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Wednesday 20 March 2013 Updated: 20/03 17:05
Leamington 3 Bedford Town 0
RUNAWAY leaders Brakes took another step towards the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title after chalking up a comfortable victory at the New Windmill on Tuesday night.
The success lifted Brakes 11 points clear at the top of the table with just eight games remaining and leaves them firm favourites to be crowned champions next month.
First half goals from Liam Daly and Lee Chilton put Brakes in control and once Bedford had Callum Lewis sent off on the stroke of half time there was no way back and Stefan Moore wrapped up a routine win after the break.
Bedford went close in the tenth minute when Joel Gyasi set up Will Green who fired just wide but it proved a rare threat from the visitors.
Richard Batchelor and Liam Daly both went close before Stephan Morley had a well struck 35-yard free kick turned round the post by Ian Brown at full stretch.
Brakes deservedly took the lead after 28 minutes when Brown pushed Ricky Johnson’s shot behind and Lee Moore’s corner fell to Daly and the tall central defender fired home from ten yards.
The advantage was doubled after 39 minutes through the alert Chilton who latched onto Naylor’s long through ball and neatly slotted home with the visitors appealing in vain for offside.
The contest was virtually over just before the break when Lewis received his marching orders for an ugly challenge on Naylor.
Brakes remained in total control throughout a low-key second half andStefan Moore completed the scoring with a fine 56th minute strike.
Brakes were thwarted by the weather on Saturday when a torrential downpour forced their clash at Chippenham Town to be postponed 15 minutes before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Brakes entertain title rivals Hemel Hempstead Town this Saturday (3pm).
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