Holleran hopes Rushall loan will get Lewis firing again

Paul Holleran has allowed Matt Lewis to leave the New Windmill on loan.

Lewis, who joined Brakes in December 2009, will link up with Evo-Stik League side Rushall Olympic for four weeks in a bid to rediscover his form after a barren spell in front of goal.

“Matt has had a run of games and hasn’t got the goals we would have liked,” said Holleran, who is closing in on a new striker ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Weymouth. “He is a confidence player and is not quite firing on all cylinders.

“A change of scenery will do him good and we’ll review it in four weeks.”

While Lewis heads out of the New Windmill, Jamie Sheldon has finally decided to commit to the Brakes cause, joining up with the club for the remainder of the season.

Sheldon had looked set to fight for his place at Solihull Moors, but another U-turn sees him back at Leamington, with the attacking midfielder starting the midweek Red Insure Cup defeat at home to Hednesford.

A 21st-minute Marvin Robinson goal sealed Town’s progress in front of just 181, with Holleran using the game to give a run out to a number of his fringe players.

And, despite the defeat, the Brakes boss was pleased with the night’s work.

“Considering we changed the side around, we still controlled the game for large periods,” he said.

“We got into some good positions but we weren’t clinical enough.”

A spate of postponements mean Brakes have played just 19 league games - the joint-lowest in the Zamaretto Premier alongside Swindon and Hemel - and Holleran admits the midweek defeat is not something he will lose any sleep over.

“We’ve got 23 games to fit in in three-and-a-half months. If we’d beaten Hednesford we’d have had a semi-final and a two-legged final to fit in.

“It stretched Cambridge City to the limit last season and they lost one key player to a broken leg and another to suspension.

“That’s not a copout, but we’ve got a 16 to 17-man squad and a lot of games to come.

“Our priority had to be Weymouth.”

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