Thursday 17 March 2022

How to beat Burton

A horse watches a game at the Harbury Lane ground in the Warwickshire countryside.  The following week he brought some friends.   Non-league dogs attend in club colours.

On March 8th my non-league side Leamington faced Burton Albion in the semi-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup which began in 1876.  The splendid Victorian trophy is currently in the Brakes boadroom after they beat Wolves at Molineux in a penalty shoot out three years ago after which the pandemic saw the competition suspended.

Burton brought what they called 'a strong side' which included 11 first team squad members to the Your Co-op Community Stadium formerly the New Windmill Ground.  Leamington won 1-0.   The part-timers put in a real shift and played some decent passing football.   They wanted it more than the Brewers and that always counts.

You can see 11 minutes of highlights here:

I have to apologise for the five or six chances missed by Brakes striker Kelsey Mooney, a school friend of my partner's grandson.

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