LEAMINGTON Brakes extended their lead at the top of the Southern League Premier Division to six points following a convincing 2-0 win over Dunstable Town on Tuesday night.
Though Brakes overcame a disappointing 2-1 loss at home on Saturday to Hitchin Town, the game was marred by an incident involving Darren Pond and Dunstable centre-half Sam Doolan.
The pair clashed heads shortly into the second half when contesting for the ball and both fell to the ground.
Doolan was taken to the home dressing room on a stretcher while Pond walked off the pitch and was substituted.
Prior to the stoppage, Leamington took the lead after 28 minutes when Ahmed Obeng finished in emphatic style to complete a well-constructed play.
The Brakes may consider themselves unlucky not to score again in the first half as they frequently took advantage of misplaced passes from the home side and peppered the Dunstable net with numerous shots on goal.
Following the delay after the second half as Pond and Doolan were cared for, Leamington were left frustrated to not add a second so quickly as Obeng should’ve buried a chance early in the second half while Baker-Richardson failed to take full advantage of Dunstable’s defensive errors.
However Baker-Richardson quickly made up for his missed chance as he pounced on a failed clearance to double Brakes’ lead with just 15 minutes remaining.
Brakes proved quicker on the ball throughout the second half as Dunstable struggled to get back into the game.
The home side’s progress was restricted by calm heads at the back as Leamington passed the ball around for the concluding ten minutes to earn a crucial victory on the road against a side challenging for promotion.
Leamington are next in action on the road this weekend as they face Frome Town in the club’s latest Southern League Premier Division fixture.