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Post  Wandering on Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:46 am

Hard to break down Brakes lay platform for a play-off push
Leamington Courier


Leamington boss Paul Holleran says his side’s defensive solidity will provide the perfect platform for their play-off push. A second clean sheet in three on Tuesday evening saw Brakes beat Stratford 1-0 to move just two points outside the Southern Premier Division’s top five.

The victory was their fourth in a five-game sequence which has seen them concede just three goals and Holleran said their miserly qualities will be central to their play-off challenge.

“Only a set play has prevented us from keeping successive clean sheets,” said Holleran, who saw his side draw 1-1 with play-off rivals King’s Lynn last Saturday. “With 13 games left, if we can keep, eight, nine clean sheets we won’t be far away.”

While the back four and keeper Tony Breeden deserve most of the plaudits, Holleran said it was a tactical change which stifled Stratford’s attacking threat in midweek.

“Because we pressed so high with the front four we nullified them a bit,” he said. “It wasn’t until they put another man in and overloaded the midfield that they started to get a grip of the game and you could see their quality in the second half. But it was a good derby and a good atmosphere and I really enjoyed it - I was delighted to keep the run going.”

Brakes face a severe test of their play-of credentials when they face Merthyr Tydfil on their 4G pitch tomorrow.

The fixture comes in the middle of a run of five home games for Leamington and while he acknowledges a point would not be a bad outcome, Holleran says his side will be going all out to come back with all three.

“We’re well aware how tough it will be and it is important to get something there before we get a little bit of a breather. But we want to go there and win the game.”

Rob Ogleby will be missing for Brakes tomorrow after suffering a grade one tear to a quad against King’s Lynn. However, he is expected to be pushing for a return against leaders Poole the following Saturday.

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Post  Wandering on Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:04 am

Vital match-up for Greenbacks
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BEDWORTH boss Stuart Storer says a win is vital for his side this weekend as they begin to "run out of time" in their fight to avoid the drop.

The Greenback sit seven points adrift of safety with a far inferior goal difference than their rivals and travel to Chesham United this weekend with just nine games of the Premier Division season left.

Storer said: "We are running out of time now to be honest. A win would be very welcome. We will keep battling and stay positive with the belief that anything can happen. I have always said that Leicester won seven out of eight games to stay up so if they can do that in that environment then why can't we?"

Bedworth dropped two vital points last weekend as they let a lead slip to draw 2-2 with Frome Town, a result which Storer admitted deflated his players.

"Everything is going against us but that is nothing new for this season," he said. "There was a dodgy refereeing decision and one put in our top corner. The boys were a bit depressed after last weekend but we got them back up in training on Tuesday and had a bit of banter and some fun with them. At the end of the day a lot worse things can happen."

Assessing the challenge ahead this weekend he added: "Chesham are a good side. They have had a couple of good results of late to move away from the drop zone so they will be thinking they can move even further if they beat us. It will be a close game and fine margins may decide it."

Andy Westwood, Craig Kelly and Jamie Ashmore have all been ruled out of the game with injury.

And with 27 points still to play for, when asked how many was needed to stay up Storer jested: "We have nine games left. We probably need 12 wins! We won't give in without a fight and whilst we are still in with a shout we will keep going. We can only concentrate on ourselves and what we do but we will keep trying to drag others into the fight with us. Football is a funny game, anything can happen."

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Post  Wandering on Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:09 am

Steve Fallon urges Histon to show fighting spirit
Cambridge News


Steve Fallon has urged his players to show more battling qualities as they bid to escape relegation from the Evo-Stik LeagPremier Division.

The Stutes have been plagued by inconsistency this season and find themselves in a precarious position just outside the drop zone but having played more games than their rivals. They travel to leaders Poole Town tomorrow, and boss Fallon believes more grit and determination will serve them well as the season nears its conclusion.

"We've got to try to show a bit of fight," he said. "When we played Poole at home it was probably our worst performance of the season, certainly in the first half. We've got to try to turn that around."

Histon lost 2-0 at Chesham in midweek, failing to build on the excellent 3-1 win over Kettering last Saturday. Mistakes are common with young players but Fallon stressed that there can be no excuses at this stage of the campaign, as all that matters now is picking up three points in every game.

"If we perform like we did on Tuesday we'll get another hiding," continued Fallon. "The players understand that. The players have got to learn that we've got to put the effort in to get anything out of a game. We've got to pick up points. Teams around us are picking up points so it's going to get really tight at some stage."

Dan Gleeson, who was on the bench on Tuesday, could return to the side tomorrow after recovering from injury.

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Post  Wandering on Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:03 am

Baker-Richardson challenged to build on his fairy-tale start
Leamington Courier


Brakes boss Paul Holleran has hailed the impact of new signing Courtney Baker-Richardson. The former Kettering Town forward scored both goals on his full debut to clinch a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Hungerford Town.

And Holleran said he will be handling his new acquisition with kid gloves in a bid to continue to get the best out of him.

“He’s a young lad who’s come out of the pro game and he’s not settled at a club,” said Holleran. “He needs to make an impact, be consistent and try and settle somewhere. He’s a player who needs a cuddle now and again but in his time on the pitch and in training he’s been infectious. He’s the right age, a local lad and he ticks a lot of boxes. Similarly with Sam Austin. For a 19-year-old to go there on a Monday night, stand up and produce a performance that saw their right-back taken off - he did excellently.”

The last-gasp win was in stark contrast to the home loss to Hitchin two days earlier when Leamington failed to trouble visiting keeper Charlie Horlock once during the 90 minutes.

“It was a pick-me-up after the Saturday,” added Holleran. “We were strong, looked good on the counter and showed a little bit of quality. To come up with two late goals shows the character of the team. Hungerford had a blank Saturday and they were fresh but we were the team that finished stronger.”

For all Brakes’ lack of attacking intent, Saturday’s defeat came after an out-of-position Tony Breeden was embarrassed by Callum Donnelly’s long-range effort. It is not the first time the Brakes skipper’s walkabouts have cost his side but Holleran is not concerned by the occasional lapse.

“I love the way Tony plays and I don’t want him to change. But I think as a team we’ve overused him. We look to pass the ball back too many times and that puts Tony under pressure. They are situations we can deal with. Obviously Tony is disappointed his start position was wrong (for the goal), but like all players it is how you respond to it and I was really pleased for him with the penalty save on Monday night. It just goes to show why he is one of the best goalies around at this level.”

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Post  muscles76 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:18 am

Should be a good game tomorrow we playing well and looking solid .
Myself id like to clarke come back in for garner .
Start for pross be good aswell.

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Post  Wandering on Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:25 am

Ricketts Targets Seven Wins
Bristol Post


Paulton Rovers manager Tony Ricketts is hoping his much-improved side can continue their decent form in what is another vital match away to St Neots at the bottom of the Premier Division.

Despite four wins, including a morale-boosting victory over Frome on Tuesday, three draws and just two defeats in 2016, Paulton are still firmly in the relegation scrap in 22nd, but St Neots are just three places and ten points ahead – and have played an extra three games.

"St Neots are just above us and this game is just as important as the Frome one," said Ricketts. "We have 13 games left and I reckon we need to win seven of those, which is a tall order, but we will give it our best shot."

Ricketts has a full squad, but said he is looking to send out Tom Knighton on loan to get some match practice after injury. He also firmly refuted speculation that Weston-super-Mare are poised to recall in-form striker Jake Mawford after he scored a hat-trick last weekend.

"We have Jake on a 90-day loan until the end of the season and he has given us a real cutting edge," said Ricketts.

Lee Clarke in line for St Neots Town return against Paulton Rovers
Cambridge News


St Neots Town host third-from-bottom Paulton Rovers, knowing that a win could go a long way towards pulling them away from the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division relegation zone.

Interim manager Andy Davies said: "It's a massive game for us, probably one of the biggest of the run-in. But we're confident in our ability and confident we can get ourselves three or four places up the league."

Lee Clarke looks set to start after recovering from injury, and Remy Gordon could also feature on the bench.

"We're starting to look a lot stronger for the run-in," said Davies. "Players are coming back, and we've signed a few players who have done well."

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