Wardens bounce back with victory over struggling Foresters
By James Smith
6th Mar 2023 | Football
Kenilworth Wardens bounced back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory against Sporting Foresters to maintain pressure at the top of the Leamington and District Sunday League division three table.
The visitors had to field a bare 11, with three players not turning up on the day, but a brace from Dan Twigger adding to Guy Pearson's 37th minute finish made sure of the three points.
It took Wardens just five minutes to open the scoring when an Eamonn Richards corner was headed in from six yards out by Twigger.
Foresters worked hard and got into good areas and got their reward when a ball forward was poached by Ryan Baghria in between captain Alex Brown and Ryan Oldham to the tap in from five yards.
Wardens should have been ahead again, twice going close from corners that could only be turned over the bar.
But on 25 minutes they were ahead again. Richards sprayed the ball to Pearson on the left, who drove to the byline, beat two players and crossed in. His cross met a Forresters defender, with the looping clearance spectacularly turned in by Twigger with an overhead kick - his 18th goal in the division this season.
The lead would not last for long though, Daniel Eykyn getting in between Brown and Chris Porter to flick the ball into the corner of the Wardens net.
Ten minutes later Kenilworth had the lead once again. Andy Legg passed to Twigger, his through ball found Pearson who beat two players before striking into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
A minute after half time a dubious penalty was given to Foresters by the referee - who was also Foresters manager - but Brown made a excellent save and then kept out the rebound to preserve Wardens' advantage.
Due to Paddy Breslin's tactics at half time, with defenders dropping deeper when out of possession, Brown was a spectator for the majority of the second half.
Wardens had several chances to add to their lead, falling to Pearson, Carro and several to Twigger, but were unable to finish.
The result keeps Kenilworth third in the table, with five games left to play.
"Having a scratch 11 is not ideal so first of all I'm very grateful for those that played today," Breslin said after the match.
"We had a few limping at full time.
"It's only our second away win of the season. We have a really tough run of fixtures from now to the end of the season so we'll be taking it one match at a time from here."