"Telford take on Leamington in Tuesday night tussle"
Match Date : February 21st, 2023 7:45 pm
Competition : National League North
Ground : New Bucks Head
Kick Off : 19:45
AFC Telford welcome Leamington to the New Bucks Head this Tuesday evening.
Brakes boss Paul Holleran has now been in charge at Leamington for over 13 years, taking charge of nearly 650 games in that time. But while Leamington made their best ever start to a National League North campaign this year, the Brakes have won only two of their 19 league games since the sides met at the start of October, which has seen them slide into the relegation zone.
Perhaps surprisingly, those two victories came over Fylde and on Saturday against Darlington, with the latter success briefly lifting the Brakes back above the dotted line. However, Blyth’s 1-0 win over Bradford (Park Avenue) on Monday night sees Leamington back in the drop zone in 21st spot.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Warwickshire side though, as they have games in hand on the teams immediately above them and still have one of the division’s best defences (7th best). However, like the Bucks, Leamington have struggled for goals – the Brakes finding the net just 24 times this season, with only the Bucks (22) having scored fewer.
The Leamington squad includes three former Bucks in Theo Streete, Adam Walker and Ted Cann, the latter a recent arrival on loan from West Brom following injury to keeper Callum Hawkins. And the Brakes have also dipped into the loan market to bolster their attack with the addition of forward Ollie Hulbert from Yeovil Town.
The Bucks haven’t beaten Leamington home or away since December 2018, with the last three games between the sides ending in draws. In fact, Leamington are the division’s draw specialists, with 14 of their 30 games having ended in stalemate. But with the Bucks and the Brakes in need of all three points, you can bet that both teams will doing all they can to grab a win on Tuesday night.
Tickets for Tuesday’s fixture will remain on sale up until kick-off and are available for purchase online here. For more information, please read our match guide.