Nuneaton Town 0 Curzon Ashton 1
Saturday 23rd January, 2016;
A second half goal from Daniel Shaw was enough to give Curzon all of the points in this Vanarama National League North game at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
After winning a seven-goal thriller against Burton Albion on Tuesday night Boro came into this game with their tails up and they started brightly.
In just the eighth minute they created a glorious chance when right wing-back James Clifton darting down the wing and sending in a delightful cross that an unmarked Rob Duffy headed wide.
Neither side were able to gain control in midfield and the strikers were not given the service they needed. This resulted in an even, but stale first half in which neither keeper had a save to make.
The second half started better and once again it was the home side who were pushing the agenda.
Tyrrell Waite had a good chance while Duffy once again missed a golden opportunity set-up by Waite, but his header from close range went over the bar.
Boro were made to pay for that miss in the 65th minute when Curzon took the lead.
The goal came via a corner, the ball was whipped into the box where Daniel Shaw was allowed to volley past Smith and a despairing Clifton who was on the line.
The Boro upped the ante after going behind and it looked like they had their chance to level things up in the 76th minute as the referee blew-up when Tyler Lyttle went tumbling in the box.
However, the decision went against the home-side as the on-loan wing-back was booked for diving.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Lyttle, Rowe-Turner, J.Keane, Lane (McFarlane 56), Morgan, Byrne, Daniels, Waite, Duffy (Harewood 68).
Subs not used: C.Keane, Reid, Maguire.
CURZON ASHTON: Burton, Woodford, Hampson, Hunt, Shaw, Tomsett (Guest 76), Rowney, Brown, Cummins (Brooke 78), Warburton, Wright.
Subs not used: Mason, Norton, Lowe.