Brakes see positives after holding Rovers - The Leamington Observer

Brakes see positives after holding Rovers

Leamington Editorial 28th Jul, 2021   0

LEAMINGTON go into their penultimate friendly away at Hednesford Town on Saturday with spirits high, having held League Two opposition in Forest Green Rovers to a credible draw last weekend.

The goalless affair at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium, in which former Brakes favourite Taylor Allen appeared from the bench in a strong Rovers side, was marked by the opening of the Mick Brady Stand prior to kick-off.

It was an affair which missed the visitors’ central figure in Josh March, who departed Leamington for Forest Green in January 2020, but brought an encouraging, concerted effort from the hosts – if not an abundance of goals – nonetheless.

A first effort of the afternoon had to be kept out by the Gloucestershire side’s goalkeeper Lewis Thomas to deny a Brakes trialist, while Kieran Cook also drew a low save later in the half.

Forest Green grew into the game and were close to going in front, but for the outstretched glove of Jake Weaver to produce a timely save and keep out Jordan Moore-Taylor’s header.

Jake Young’s free kick came even closer still when rattling the hosts’ crossbar before the break, a moment which signalled further Leamington goalmouth action in the second half.

Opi Edwards should have done better for Forest Green with a drive that flashed wide, prior to a Weaver double save to deny Young and then Jamille Matt’s follow-up header.

With time dwindling, substitute Kane Wilson conjured up the final effort of the afternoon – again one which Weaver was equal to – as the game ebbed out into a goalless draw.

After the trip to Keys Park this weekend, Leamington host Solihull Moors on August 7 before kicking off their National League North campaign a week later at home to Gateshead.

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