Brakes climb to second as boss calls for a rise in standards
Leamington climbed back to second in the Southern Premier League thanks to four points in four days.
A 1-1 draw at Cambridge City was followed by a 2-0 win at home to Chesham United in midweek, lifting Brakes three places.
However, manager Paul Holleran was heavily critical of the set-up at Westwood Road in St Ives, Cambridge City’s temporary home, claiming the playing surface, much like the one at King’s Lynn, was not up to Step 3.
“Saturday was definitely a point gained,” said Holleran.
“Years ago, playing on a paddy field would have suited us. But not now the majority of the squad are confident on the ball.
“I’m not knocking Cambridge, you can only admire what the chairman is doing to keep them going.
“And it’s not just the pitch on Saturday. It has been a number of pitches.
“As you go up the levels there should be a decent surface, you should expect to have a shower after the game, to be able to use the toilet.
“A few grounds that’s not happening and it’s farcical.
“A lot of clubs are putting money into the pitch and facilities but the clubs that aren’t are a nightmare.
“On Saturday, you couldn’t stand up, let alone play football.
“I was glad to come away with a point.”
Holleran was concerned Saturday’s heavy surface would have a knock-on effecton Tuesday night, but he need not have worried as Leamington produced a thoroughly professional performance to complete a quickfire double over Chesham.
“We could have made it easier if we’ve scored the penalty. That would have killed the game off,” said Holleran in reference to Courtney Baker-Richardson’s spot-kick miss on the stroke of half-time.
“But as the game opened up our quality made a difference and our substitutes had an impact.”
Holleran also moved to allay fears about an injury picked up by Tony Breeden in midweek.
The keeper received bruising to the top of his foot after a clash with Barry Hayles but is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s visit of St Neots.
“It’s a little bit of a worry but we think he’ll be ok.”