Leamington’s resolve gives Holleran a bit of a Rush

Ross Oulton congratulates Joe Halsall on his opener against Cirencester. Picture: Mike Baker

Ross Oulton congratulates Joe Halsall on his opener against Cirencester. Picture: Mike Baker

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Leamington boss Paul Holleran has praised his side’s response to their last-minute defeat at home to Cambridge City.

Brakes returned to the top of the Southern Premier League on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Cirencester Town and then followed it up with a 3-0 midweek success over Bedworth in the Red Insure Cup.

“It was a good little bounce-back from us,” said Holleran. “After a couple of difficult league games at home it was good to see the players’ resolve.”

Brakes have a chance for further cup progress tomorrow when they entertain Rushall Olympic in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Rushall sit a point above Barwell - Leamington’s opponents in the previous round - in the Northern Premier League Premier Division table.

“They’re a typical northern team in that they are strong and physical with a sprinkling of quality,” said former Pics boss Holleran.

“It will be a tough ask but we’re looking to get to the first round.”

Richard Taundry is a slight doubt for Brakes tomorrow after feeling his groin tighten in midweek, while latest signing Joe Halsall is cup-tied.