A Lewis Fenney error in the final minute condemned Leamington to a 2-1 defeat in their opening pre-season friendly at home to Stafford Rangers.
The keeper came to punch a booming free-kick from opposite number James Wren but got the trajectory all wrong and second-half substitute Ryan Wynter had the simple task of heading into the empty net.
It was a frustrating way for the hosts to end a largely forgettable clash which, save for some moments of invention from Jake Jones, was short on quality.
Joe Magunda and Nick Wellecomme did at least try to inject a bit of spice, but a few robust challenges aside, there was little to rouse their crowd from their sunshine-induced stupor as both sides showed early-season rustiness.
New Rangers signing Ben Haseley opened the scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute, slotting home after an Alex Curtis cut-back.
Rob Ogleby shot wastefully over after good work from Lee Moore before Jake Jones, Brakes standout performer, pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire Leamington level.
Ogleby headed a teasing Magunda cross wide from point-blank range and was again off terget in the second half after Jones had outwitted his marker.
Jazz Luckie fired into the midriff of Fenney in a rare Rangers foray and, with game meandering towards a conclusion, Wynter’s header settled it.
Brakes: Lewis Fenney, James Mace, Connor Gudger, Joe Magunda, Jamie Hood, Jamie Tank, Ross Oulton (Josh Micklethwaite, 73), Richard Taundry, Rob Ogleby, Lee Moore (Ellison Porter, 78), Jake Jones (Reece Mitchell, 83). Subs not used: Matthew Warner, Martyn Naylor, Trialist, Matt Hill.
Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Alex Curtis, Tom Morris, Leon Miles, Jermaine Johnson, Judd Ellis, Nathan Rooney, Nick Wellecomme, Ben Haseley, Alex Melbourne. Second half (start): James Wren, Leon Miles, Tom Morris, Wayne Daniel, Nathan Rooney, James Dance, Stuart McNaught, Dan Cope, Jazz Luckie, Ryan Edmunds, Luke Male.