BRAKES turned in a battling performance to earn a point against an in-form Boston side in the Conference North on Saturday.
Jack Edwards’ first league goal for the club earned Paul Holleran’s side a share of the points at the New Windmill Ground.
With his squad down to the bare bones after losing Jordan Goddard and on loan keeper Mats Morch to injury, Holleran was forced to make three changes to the side that lost against Worcester last week.
Connal Trueman made his debut in goal while Lee Moore and Joe Magunda returned to the starting line up.
The hosts started the match strongly with Danny Newton’s low 25-yard drive clattering off the inside of the post in the opening minutes, while Jamie Tank’s header struck the bar five minutes later.
Further chances came and went for the Brakes but they were unable to capitalise on their early pressure which allowed Boston to come back into the game with a good spell of their own.
Birmingham City loanee Trueman introduced himself to the home support with a fine save to deny Pilgrims skipper Scott Garner.
Garner had another chance again minutes later but he he drove his first-time effort over the bar and the defender struck a vicious dipping volley inches wide as the visitors pressed for an opener.
Trueman was called into action by pushing away a Zak Mills shot but it was the hosts who almost took a one-goal advantage in at the break.
Newton beat keeper Dixon to the ball on the edge of the box and his header trickled towards goal until a defender got back to scramble it clear.
A fairly even opening period to the second half followed before Leamington finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark.
Edwards was left with plenty of time and space just inside the area to meet Stephan Morley’s left wing free kick and swivel to fire the dropping ball first time past Dixon into the bottom corner.
It was the midfielder’s first league goal for the club and he bagged a second two minutes later but this time Dixon got down well and gathered his header.
And Brakes were made to rue that missed opportunity mid-way through the second half.
Dayle Southwell cleverly flicked home the leveller after Mills’ long throw caused chaos in the penalty area.
It was Boston’s turn to curse their luck in the closing stages when a crashing drive from substitute Zeph Thomas clipped the top of the bar and a late header flashed wide of Trueman’s goal,
But on the balance of play and chances created a draw was probably the right result.