King’s Lynn Town 0-0 Leamington
Southern League Premier Division
Match report by Paul Edwards
FOOTBALL: BRAKES returned from the long trip to Norfolk with a point and a clean sheet which after last Saturday’s thrashing at home to Slough Town represents some kind of a return to normality, but they were largely indebted to a solid defensive performance led by a man of the match Jamie Hood on his return to league action.
What was more concerning was the lack of attacking thrust on what was admittedly a very rutted pitch, with no real shots on goal over the course of the 90 minutes.
In comparison the home support, must have been even more frustrated that despite enjoying the vast majority of possession throughout, they only managed a couple of serious shots on goal themselves.
Ahmed Obeng’s pace almost got him in behind the hosts defence a couple of times early on, but with the ball jumping up all over the place on the bumpy surface this was never going to be the kind of game he would thrive in, much like Callum Powell on the opposite wing, who endured a frustrating afternoon on his debut after joining on loan from Wrexham.
The first shot at goal arrived with just over 20 minutes played gives a clear indication of the type of game this was, Ryan Hawkins lashing in a low drive from out on the right that was comfortably held by Tony Breeden.
Linnets’ skipper Sam Gaughran’s header looked to be heading towards goal until it hit the back of a Leamington defender and was cleared away.
The visitors rarely got out of their own half in the opening 25 minutes but a 28th minute free kick into the King’s Lynn penalty area represented the first real opportunity to put some pressure on the hosts. The ball was floated straight into the arms of keeper Alex Street but sadly this was as close as Leamington got to their opponents goal all afternoon.
Hood was a colossus at the back for Leamington, highlighting just how much he has been missed in recent weeks as he blocked an effort from Hawkins and was then in the right place to block another shot as King’s Lynn threatened to bulldoze their way through.
Gary Setchell’s men were well on top at this stage, and Breeden had to dive full length to push away a piledriver from Sam Warburton, who was afforded far too much time on the left advance into a shooting position.
There were plenty more nervous moments as King’s Lynn continued to pile on the pressure in search of that all important goal, but they were thwarted at every turn as the Brakes defence displayed the kind of resilience that had seen them concede just 17 goals in their 29 league games up until last Saturday.
The hosts were unable to turn their territorial advantage into goals however, and Leamington held out to claim a point.
<b>Leamington:</b> T.Breeden (s), R.Taundry, C.Gudger, J.Magunda, J.Hood, J.Mace, C.Powell (R.Gregory 68), D.Pond, C.Baker-Richardson, C.Gittings, A.Obeng (R.Thompson-Brown 82),
Subs not used – J.Goddard, B.George, M.Naylor