LEAMINGTON saw their two-game unbeaten run come to an abrupt end after Paul Holleran’s side were thrashed 4-1 at play-off hopefuls Scarborough Athletic.
Dan Turner briefly halved the deficit for Leamington after Kieran Weledji’s quickfire brace put Scarborough in control before Michael Coulson and Alex Wiles sealed the win at Flamingo Land Stadium.
The result means Leamington have dropped back into the National League North relegation zone with the Brakes one point from safety with a game in hand on the team directly above the drop.
Scarborough took the lead on eight minutes when Weledji poked the ball home after Ted Cann could only parry Luca Colville’s effort into the scorer’s path.
And Weledji scored his second of the game just three minutes later when he beat Jack Lane before finding the net after the ball appeared to strike Devon Kelly-Evans on the arm as the referee allowed play to continue.
Despite a first-half onslaught from the home side, Leamington reduced the deficit on 44 minutes when Turner reacted quickly to stab the ball through a defender’s legs on the line after the ball was helped into his path by Liam Cross.
However, Scarborough restored their two-goal lead on 61 minutes as captain Coulson slotted home from Weledji’s cutback.
And Scarborough sealed the points in injury time when substitute Wiles ran onto Colville’s backheel and stormed into the box before beating Cann.
Leamington are next in action away at Banbury United on Tuesday, February 28 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.