Men’s 1s vs Atherstone Adders
Tough, crucial top of the league fixture on Leamington’s title hunt.
It was a top of the table clash for Leamington 1st XI this weekend away against Atherstone Adders. Both teams were previously unbeaten having won 4 from 4. A key absence in the form of midfield linchpin Sam Scannell necessitated a change in shape for Leamington on what was a decidedly cold and wet afternoon.
The game started with a good spell of possession for Leamington who applied some early pressure. However the game soon became a war of attrition between two tightly matched teams. It soon became apparent why both these sides have between the stand out teams in the league so far. High intensity and pressure ensued from both sides with the home side eventually generating more chances through their highly effective short corner routine. This pressure eventually told as Atherstone got the breakthrough.
Leamington defended stoutly throughout the game with high quality performances being turned in from the whole defensive unit. In particular the centre back partnership of Tom Kenyon-Brown
and Man of the Match James Keatinge
came under intense scrutiny but resisted emphatically. The second half brought an unfortunate slip in discipline, with no less than 3 members of the Leamington team serving varying spells on the sidelines. This allowed Atherstone to bring more pressure and eventually they converted a second short corner. In spite of some late pressure from Leamington, Atherstone managed to hold on and secure an important victory. The rematch in Leamington will certainly be a fixture to whet the appetite.