Brakes boss Paul Holleran says tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash at home to Hemel Hempstead is a must-win, but only for their visitors.

With eight games remaining, Leamington go into the Southern Premier Division fixture with an advantage of 11 points over Stourbridge and Hemel.

Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Bedford mean Brakes can guarantee the title with five victories and while Holleran is targeting one of those tomorrow, he says the pressure is on the visitors.

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“It’s a really tough game, but one you look forward to,” said Holleran.“It’s the two sides that have been up there all season, but now we’ve got a grip of the league.

“They need to win and while we want to win the gap has taken some of the pressure off.”

Brakes’ promotion challenge has failed to capture the imagination of the town, with attendances down on last year.

However, Holleran believes the Hemel clash will be the catalyst for an upsurge in support as promotion comes tantalisingly into view.

“They should bring a few and it’ll be a great atmosphere.

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“We’ve got some good games coming up with the Bank Holiday game with Banbury, Weymouth and, hopefully, the promotion celebration at home to St Albans.

“There’s still a lot of work to do but everyone would love to be in our position.”

n With a large crowd anticipated for tomorrow’s clash with Hemel Hempstead, Leamington are calling on supporters to car-share, where possible.