Brakes Fail As Lions Recover Home Form

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Two goals either side of halftime from Andrai Jones and Kaine Felix and a late penalty from Jamie Spencer finally saw Guiseley end their barren spell at Nethermoor as they racked up their first win on home turf since mid-January.

With Aaron Martin absent for personal reasons Chris Sang lead the line alongside Felix and it wasn’t long before the Barnsley loanee was troubling the Brakes defence as he nipped in front of Jack Lane only to see visiting goalkeeper Jake Weaver block his effort with his feet.

Leamington then suffered a major blow when central defender James Mace had to leave the field due to injury with eight minutes played and was replaced by Dan Meredith.

Sang went close again shortly after with a shot from an acute angle that was palmed away at full stretch by Weaver.

The rest of the half saw both sides on the offensive without really troubling either keeper but when Gabriel Johnson floated in an inviting cross from the left on the stroke of halftime it was met by the head of Jones as he got in front of Weaver to send the Lions into the break one goal to the good.

Having struggled in the first half playing into the stiff breeze blowing down the pitch from the car park end, the home side delivered a dominant second half performance that got off to a flying start as man-of-the-match Prince Ekpolo won a ball in midfield before progressing down the right hand channel and feeding Felix who hit a sublime rising shot beyond Weaver into the top corner.

Leamington replied through Jack Storer and Jack Edwards who both put headers wide from good positions with only Brad Wade to beat.

Sang was proving a danger down the right as the visitors began to leave gaps as they pushed forward but both of his chances came to nought before he made way for Scott Smith on 72 minutes.

Aram Soleman was next to leave the field and it was his replacement Spencer who put the icing on the cake with virtually the last kick of the match as the referee pointed to the spot for an off the ball incident and the former Avenue midfielder thundered home the spot kick.

The result moves the Lions one place up the table to tenth just five points short of the last play-off place ahead of next Saturdays visit to Kings Lynn who sit in second just behind York City

But before that there is the small matter of a West Riding County Cup Semi-Final against Harrogate Town at Wetherby Road on Monday evening KO 19:45.

Attendance: 584

Team:

1 Brad Wade

2 Reiss McNally

3 Brad Nicholson

4 Andrai Jones

5 Hamza Bencherif

6 Prince Ekpolo

7 Kaine Felix

8 George Cantrill

9 Chris Sang (Smith 72)

10 Aram Soleman (Spencer 80)

11 Gabriel Johnson

Substitutes:

12 Scott Smith

14 Paul Clayton

15 Kennedy Digie

16 Jamie Spencer

17 Harry Sheppeard