The Moors head into another weekend of action outside the play-off places for the first time in over two months, with familiar customers Leamington the visitors to The Brewery Field.
Jason Ainsley’s side have faced The Brakes twice already this campaign, with both matches arriving back-to-back in late November and early December. Paul Holleran’s side edged a tight FA Trophy clash courtesy of a Jack Edwards goal before a 2-2 draw in the league fixture two weeks later.
If Moors are to fulfil ambitions of maintaining their push for a play-off berth and beyond, three points are essential against a Leamington outfit who have claimed creditable 0-0 draws against Chester and Gateshead in the past week. Holleran’s team are solid defensively but have missed the goals of Josh March, recently signed by League Two side Forest Green Rovers.
The Brakes have been active in the transfer market, signing Joe Parker from fellow National League North side Gloucester City and Kyle McFarlane from York City.
Moors have edged the previous two meetings between the sides at The Brewery Field by a single goal, with Mark Anderson netting the winner on both occasions. A similar result would round off a tough month with a vital victory.
LAST TIME WE MET
• Leamington have scored just two goals in their previous four league fixtures since the departure of top scorer Josh March.
• The Brakes have drawn their previous two games 0-0. They hadn’t registered a single goalless draw in their previous 32 games in all competitions in 2019/20.
• Rob Ramshaw’s goal at Kidderminster was his eighth of the season in all comps. He is now Moors’ second top scorer this season, as well as the player with the most assists (7).
• Moors have won their two previous home games against Leamington by a single goal. Mark Anderson has been the match winner on both occasions, in March 2018 and February 2019.
• Two of Leamington’s three away wins this season have arrived in their previous five trips on the road at Hereford and BPA.