Brakes survive a scare to make comfortable progress into the next round

Brakes at home to Wroxham in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round.  Second-half action.'Brakes celebrate Jamie Tank's goal.'MHLC-27-09-14 Brakes Wroxham NNL-140927-191744009
Brakes at home to Wroxham in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round. Second-half action.'Brakes celebrate Jamie Tank's goal.'MHLC-27-09-14 Brakes Wroxham NNL-140927-191744009
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Brakes negotiated a path to the FA Cup third qualifying round for the first time since 2005, writes Paul Edwards.

However, they had to move up a gear in the second half to see off a Wroxham side who left those of a gold and black persuasion in the New Windmill Ground crowd a little uneasy at half-time after snatching a well taken equaliser soon after Stephan Morley had put Leamington ahead.

Paul Holleran’s men made a strong start to the game without testing Ollie Sutton in the visitors’ goal.

But, having already tested Sutton with a low drive, on 24 minutes Brakes skipper Morley picked up a clearance from David Hinton and hammered a vicious dipping shot past the Wroxham keeper from fully 30 yards.

Stuart Pierpoint headed wide from a corner as Leamington looked to cement their advantage but they were stunned when Remy Gordon burst down the left and fired in a pinpoint delivery which was powered home by the unmarked Nathan Stone.

Danny Newton thumped a header against the Wroxham bar as Brakes looked to regain their rhythm while Neil Collett comfortably held a long range free-kick from Danny Self.

But the Yachtsmen could have gone in front moments before half-time when Gordon provided another quality ball into the danger area only for Christy Finch to miscue his shot right in front of goal.

Leamington regrouped and were back in front within six minutes of a break that saw Lee Chilton replace Richard Batchelor.

He lashed a shot just over the bar after Newton’s low drive had been pushed round the post by Sutton.

The left-sided midfielder, whose return to fitness has provided a timely boost, then fired a cross to the far post where Matt Dodd was steaming in to head high into the net.

The goal seemed to remove a weight from the players’ shoulders and they began to perform as they had in the early stages of the game.

Newton headed over from another Chilton cross before the substitute was involved again, setting up Jordan Goddard for a ball into the box that ricocheted nicely for Jamie Tank to crash his first goal for the club into the roof of the net.

Dodd then supplied Newton with the ammunition from the right wing but the striker took a touch and fired over the bar.

It was another Chilton delivery from the left after a pleasing spell of neat possession football from Brakes that saw Newton grab the goal his efforts deserved, rising to power a header back across goal past Sutton to complete the scoring and ensure that a potential banana skin had been avoided.

Leamington: Neil Collett, James Fry, Stephan Morley, Joe Magunda, Stuart Pierpoint, Jamie Tank, Matt Dodd (Lee Moore, 83), Jordan Goddard (Jack Edwards, 84), Stefan Moore, Danny Newton, Richard Batchelor (Lee Chilton, 46). Subs not used: 12 Aron Wint, 17 David McNamee, 18 Martyn Naylor, 19 Liam Maher.

Wroxham: Ollie Sutton, Daniel Self (Ben Price, 75), Danny Rust, David Hinton, Andrew Howell , Matthew Halliday, Jack Garrod (Tim Cary, 83), Daniel White, Nathan Stone (Jamie Forshaw, 64), Christy Finch, Remy Gordon.

Sub not used: 16 Jordan King. Attendance: 371

Brakes Man of the match: Lee Chilton.