Leamington Brakes hosting Blyth Spartans before midweek trip to Kidderminster Harriers

Paul Holleran's side hoping for return to winning ways after good performance at league leaders Gateshead last week

Junior English scored Leamington's equaliser at Gateshead last weekend  (File picture by Sally Ellis)
Junior English scored Leamington's equaliser at Gateshead last weekend (File picture by Sally Ellis)

Leamington will welcome Blyth Spartans this weekend, hoping to build on last week’s good display at Gateshead with a win against the side three places below them in the table.

Then on Tuesday, fourth-placed Kidderminster Harriers are their hosts.

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Brakes’ hugely encouraging performance in the north east, against one of the National League North title favourites ended 3-1, but the leaders did not have things all their own way.

From 1-0 down at half time, Paul Holleran’s side levelled just three minutes into the second half, stunning the majority of the sizeable International Stadium crowd.

Gateshead gave the ball away and Kelsey Mooney took full advantage, skipping into the area before driving in a low shot that deflected into the centre of the six yard box for Junior English to turn home.

Gateshead were fortunate to go ahead from the penalty spot, the ball striking Sam Wilding’s arm when Leamington were on top and then made sure of the points five minutes from time.