North Ferriby Utd 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Tuesday 24th November, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton Town cemented their place at the top of the Vanarama National League North as they took all three points in the battle of top versus second.
In a match they dominated for large periods, the Boro left it late to take the three points they deserved, but did so thanks to a goal 12 minutes from time from new signing Kabongo Tshimanga.
Boro started much brighter than they did at the weekend and they were rewarded for their efforts with a couple of half chances early on.
David Morgan sent a stinging drive right down the throat of Tom Nicholson, while Callum Chettle sent a half volley high, wide and handsome when well placed on the edge of the box.
It was clear that it would be a matter of when – and not if – Nuneaton broke the deadlock, the only surprise was it took them 27 minutes to do so.
The goal came via the right foot of Chettle as he was calmness personified after racing onto a fine through ball by Elliott Whitehouse before opening his body up and simply stroking it past Nicholson and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Nuneaton deserved the goal, but they failed to build on it and they were made to pay the price on the stroke of half time.
A cross from the right hand side was pinged into the box where Tom Denton did what he does best.
The big number nine got ahead of Joe Maguire and headed it past Jordan Smith to draw the home side level.
North Ferriby were obviously buoyed by their late goal as they came out with all guns blazing after the restart.
They dominated the possession statistics, but failed to create anything clear cut, with Boro doing well to keep them at bay.
Rob Duffy could have made them pay for that just before the hour mark, but his header from a corner looped onto the crossbar, instead of under it, and so kept parity.
That goal became the first in a series of corners for both teams, with none of them producing anything like a clear cut opening.
The next opening came with 12 minutes to go – and it was taken by new boy Kabongo Tshimanga who added to his nine goals in six games for Corby earlier in the season, by grabbing his first goal for the Boro.
The goal lifted Nuneaton as moments later they could have ended the contest, but Chettle saw his fierce drive cannon back off the post rather than nestle into the back of the net.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, C.Keane, Lane, Maguire, Morgan, Chettle, Byrne, Williams (Harewood 64), Duffy (Tshimanga 68), Whitehouse.
Subs not used: Daniels, J.Keane, De La Paz.
NORTH FERRIBY UNITED: Nicholson, Bruce, Wilde, King, Palmer, Gray, Clarke, Bolder, Denton, Emerton (Fry 66), Bateson (Kendall 81)
Subs not used: Topliss, Armstrong, Hotte.