Nuneaton Town 0 Kidderminster Harriers 0
Saturday 21st February, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
If this was a film, then, it would have to be the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
The good was the performance.
What a showing from Nuneaton – a great advert for the club in what was the first time BT Sport have chosen to visit the ground to air a league match live to the Nation.
The bad was the finishing.
The first half saw former Coventry City man Lee Hughes miss a clear cut chance for the visiting Harriers, the second half, though, saw the Boro take centre stage when it came to wasted opportunities.
Whether it was one of the three that Adam Walker carved out for himself, or either of the two half chances that youngster George Maris spurned. Even the normally reliable Andy Brown could not muster a finish of note as the home side could not find a breakthrough.
That brings us to the ugly – well that would have to be the pitch.
You didn't need a close-up replay to see the state of the playing surface during the 0-0 draw against Kidderminster, the state of the pitch was clear for all the see from the off.
Neither side dealt well with it as the ball stuck up in the bog like conditions in the middle and made it almost impossible for any free-flowing football to break out.
But that did not stop both sides from giving it a go, though, when it came to trying to take the three points.
After a quiet start it was the away side who came closest first.
Money would be on Lee Hughes being the man with it, but he could not make it count, as he was tremendously denied by Boro debutante Max Crocombe who showed lightning reactions to get both hands to the well-struck effort from inside the area.
That chance was golden, but the Boro had a couple of their own, James Armson flashing an effort goalwards from 30-yards and Walker making space in the area but firing straight at Danny Lewis in the away goal.
That was as good as it got in the first half, but the second half saw an improvement.
The Boro bossed it from the off and had chances from Brown, Walker three times and Maris twice that all either tested Lewis or went wide of the target – none of them were really worthy of the description of 'close' though.
That was until the 88th minute when left-back Connor Franklin tried a volley from the edge of the box, the ball whistling past the far post with Lewis all but beaten.
It would have been a fitting end to a stellar performance from the Boro – as it was, though, they had to settle for a supporting role rather than a star turn.
NUNEATON TOWN: Crocombe, Wheeler, Dean, Streete, Franklin, Mafuta, Whitehouse, Walker (Nardiello 70), Armson (Sodje 88), Maris, Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Smith, Cowan, Wren.
KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Byrne, Wright, Grimes, Verma (Gittings 79), Wildig (Reffell 55), Knowles (Obeng 65), Nicholson, Gowling, Hughes.
Subs not used: Green, Asante.