Yeates’ late strike gives Hibs heart

Leamington Hibs gained a last-gasp winner at Clements ’83 last Saturday to put them in good heart ahead of their Les James Challenge Cup tie against Racing Club Warwick tomorrow.

Hibs travelled to their Midland Combination Division Two rivals with a much-stronger squad and, despite a lethargic opening, went on to boss the game.

The visitors created a host of chances, but were denied by two goal-line clearances and string of fine saves from the Clements keeper.

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With the game looking destined to finish goalless, Callum Yeates produced an excellent snapshot with the last kick of the match, ending the home keeper’s resistance with the aid of a post.

Head coach Rich Kay was delighted with the perseverance of his side, believing that on another day they could have run riot.

“That was by far our best performance of the season,” said Kay.

“After Clements had come out strong for ten minutes, we totally dominated.

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“Had it not been for the home keeper who produced an inspired display it could of been six - I can’t really fault the finishing, either, as the saves were top drawer.

“From the goalkeeper to the front two, the attitude and quality of football was what we have been working hard towards.

“We have played well in a number of games this season, but putting everything together over the whole game was the most pleasing thing.”

The three points moved Hibs into mid-table and Kay said it eases the pressure ahead of the home tie with their Hampton Road neighbours (1.30pm).

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He said: “With players back from injuries and suspensions, there is good competition for places, which will drive us on in the league and cup games coming up, starting with Racing Club.

“We have nothing to lose Saturday and we will be having a right go at them.”

Racing Club, who have been inactive since their 5-2 defeat at Lichfield City two weeks ago, welcome back Tom Cooper and Mark Briggs to the side and also hope to include James Robbins a right-side players signed from Coventry Sphinx.

And having been knocked out of the Coventry Charity Cup by Coventry Alliance side Dunlop, manager Tony Clarke is wary of the threat posed by their lower-level opposition tomorrow.

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“They will be up for it and it’s a case of who wants it more on the day.

“You can be the most technically gifted player, but if you’re not willing to match up to your opposition it will be an uphill struggle straight away.

“Hopefully, it’s one where we’ll come out on top and we can kick on from there.”

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