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Hitchin defeat is quickly forgotten by Leamington

Brakes responded in a positive manner to only their third defeat of the season in a match marred by a sickening clash of heads between Darren Pond and home defender Sam Doolan which caused a 15-minute delay, writes Paul Edwards.

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Tony Breeden is unable to provide a fairy-tale finish to Brakes match at home to Hitchin, heading wide in injury time. Pictures: Morris Troughton

Brakes’ unbeaten run is Donn and dusted

Leamington’s long unbeaten home league record, which stretched back to February, was ended by the side who last tasted victory at the Phillips 66, writes Paul Okey.

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Darren Pond will be missing against Hitchin tomorrow.

Holleran praises title rivals for impressive starts

Leamington boss Paul Holleran has paid tribute to Slough Town and Chippenham after “phenomenal” starts to their Southern Premier League campaigns.

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Courtney Baker-Richardson guides home the ball to put Leamington two goals up at Cirencester. Pictures: Sally Ellis

New loans are a poor investment for Town

Brakes negotiated a tricky away trip to a Cirencester side much changed from their opening-day clash, writes Paul Edwards.

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Brakes celebrate Darren Pond's leveller. Picture: Sally Ellis

Leamington make their point to keep title bid on track

Brakes returned from the long trip to south Wales with a well earned point from an entertaining contest against a Merthyr Town side who on this evidence look to be a good bet to remain up with the pacesetters in the division, writes Paul Edwards.

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Rob Thompson-Brown's delivery beats almost everyone in the box before being turned in to his own net by Hayes & Yeading skipper Tom Broadbent. Pictures: Morris Troughton

Improved Hayes push Brakes all the way

Brakes notched a sixth straight Southern League Premier Division victory to retain their place at the head of the table, but they were pushed all the way in the second half by a Hayes & Yeading side playing their first league match under new joint-managers Richie Hanlon and Paul Hughes, writes Paul Edwards.

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Ryan Rowe confidently slots home Leamington's second from the penalty spot.

Brakes progress in Birmingham Senior Cup after withstanding a second-half blitz

Leamington survived a torrid second half to move into the last eight of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night, writes Paul Okey.

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Paul Holleran says he still has things he wants to achieve at Leamington.

Holleran stays loyal to Brakes in pursuit of Conference dream

Paul Holleran said there was never any danger of him jumping ship to take over at Solihull Moors, saying he still has a burning ambition to achieve things at Leamington.

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Paul Holleran

Holleran commits to Brakes

Paul Holleran has distanced himself from speculation linking him with the vacant managerial role at Solihull Moors, saying he still has a burning ambition to achieve things at Leamington.

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The ball hits the back of the net for Brakes second. Pictures: Morris Troughton

Brakes go to town on visitors to move clear

Leamington opened up a three-point gap at the summit of the Southern Premier League courtesy of an entertaining victory over full-time outfit Basingstoke Town, writes Paul Okey.

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Courtney Baker-Richardson was among the worst culprits as Brakes wasted several chances against Mickleover.

Manner of Trophy defeat was hard to take after Highgate exit

A few days and a Birmingham Senior Cup win have mellowed Leamington manager Paul Holleran.

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Courtney Baker-Richardson threatens for Leamington at Bedworth. Picture: Sally Ellis

Two goals in two minutes put Senior Cup clash to bed

Brakes twice came from behind to progress to the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup as they edged out Bedworth United at The Oval, writes Paul Edwards.

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Courtney Baker-Richardson hits the post with Brakes best chance of the game at home to Mickleover Sports. Picture: Morris Troughton

Soft Brexit is just as painful for Leamington

Brakes’ exit strategy showed little sign of change as they bowed out of the FA Trophy as they did the FA Cup, at the first hurdle, writes Paul Okey.

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Nathan Olukanmi supplied the cross for Brakes winner in midweek. Picture: Tim Nunan

‘Ugly’ midweek victory helps Brakes stay out in front

Leamington boss Paul Holleran was reflecting on “a good few days” after his side followed up the 1-0 win at St Neots that sent them to the top of the table with a hard-fought single-goal success at home to Cambridge City on Tuesday evening.

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Jamie Hood joins the celebrations for Connor Gudger's winner. Picture: Tim Nunan

Gudger’s scrappy winner is harsh on dogged Cambridge

Connor Gudger’s scrambled goal three minutes from time shattered Cambridge, who had belied their lowly position by providing one of the toughest games of the season so far for Brakes, writes Paul Edwards.

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Ryan Rowe curls home Leamington's match-winning goal under pressure from Tom Ward. Pictures: Sally Ellis

Rowe puts Brakes top of the pile

Ryan Rowe’s third goal of the week helped Brakes see off the stubborn challenge of St Neots at the Premier Plus stadium, a result which coupled with Slough Town’s second-half collapse at Basingstoke saw Paul Holleran’s side move to the top of the table, writes Paul Edwards.

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Brakes celebrate Ryan Rowe's second goal of the evening. Picture: Sally Ellis

Rowe double puts Brakes in control before Breeden keeps up his Valley penalty heroics

Tony Breeden was once again the scourge of Redditch at The Valley Stadium as he saved another penalty to help Leamington to a tenth league win of the season, writes Paul Edwards.

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Ahmed Obeng advances on goal after a mesmerising run through the King's Lynn defence. Picture: Tim Nunan

Obeng’s pace catches the eye, but work ethic impresses boss

Leamington manager Paul Holleran was in upbeat mood after his side took their goal tally to 20 from six games with a 3-0 win over King’s Lynn on Tuesday evening.

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Ahmed Obeng fires home Brakes' opener. Picture: Tim Nunan

Three and easy for vibrant Brakes

Brakes’ abundance of quality in the attacking third eventually told as they continued their rich vein of goalscoring form at home to King’s Lynn on Tuesday evening, writes Paul Okey.

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Jack Edwards is ruled out tomorrow through suspension.

Holleran turns his sights to the 30-point mark

Leamington face a tough four days with a trip to St Ives Town tomorrow being followed by a visit to early Southern League Premier Division pacesetters Slough Town on Tuesday evening.

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