Nuneaton Town return to action on Tonight as we host the Walsall FC at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium in the quarter-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup. With International call-ups postponing Saturdays home tie against York City, Nuneaton won't be at Liberty Way again until next month, so this represents a great opportunity to see the Boro' in action.
Walsall have made it to this stage after away wins at Lye Town and Rugby Town. The Saddlers ran out 3-2 winners over Lye Town, coming back from a goal behind after conceding an early strike from Connor Collins. Walsall pulled level with a powerful shot from Reece Flanagan and when Qamaruddin Maziar Kouhyar's precise strike found the bottom-right corner of the goal the Saddlers went in to the half time break with a 2-1 lead. It was 3-1 shortly after the restart as Milan Kacy Butterfield, who's had a loan spell with Leamington this season, put the tie beyond doubt before Jack Till's consolation.
John Ward's side came from behind in the second round as well, David Kolodynski had given the hosts a half-time lead, but the Saddlers struck three times in the second period through Cameron Peters, a Brad Harris own goal and Tobias Hayles-Docherty to secure the tie. The visitors included first team squad regulars Nicky Devlin and Flo Cuvelier in their side, as well as a few other development players with some previous first team experience under their belts.
Nuneaton's progression has come at the expense of Birmingham City's development squad and Bromsgrove Sporting. Goals from Niall Heaton and Jordan Nicholson fired Boro' to a 2-0 victory over the Blues back in October but the Bromsgrove Sporting tie was far less straightforward. Back in November, with almost 70 minutes played, and the Boro' leading 2-1 courtesy of a Nicholson brace, the game was abandoned when Sporting midfielder Liam Spink suffered a horrific injury that required an ambulance to attend the scene and transport him from the field.
The game was eventually rescheduled for the 16th of January, when Nuneaton, once again, made the trip to the Victoria Ground. It looked as though Kairo Mitchell had won the match at the death with an 89th minute strike, but Craig Jones pulled the hosts level with his 93rd minute header. On a bitterly cold evening both teams had agreed that there would not be any extra-time, but they would go straight to penalties.
Joel Dielna scored the deciding spot kick as Nuneaton progressed, winning 4-2 in the shootout. A semi-final away to Staffordshire side Hednesford Town awaits the winner of Tuesdays tie as the Pitmen, who currently sit ninth in the EVO-STIK Premier Division table, defeated Burton Albion 4-1 in their quarter-final match three weeks ago.
Since their victory over Rugby Town in December, Walsall's Development squad have won just once, a 5-0 win at home to Morecambe in late January. Nuneaton's nine game unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday as they lost 1-0 away to Leamington. With no league fixture until the Good Friday trip to Alfreton Town, Maamria may take the opportunity to field a full-strength line-up.
Come down to the LDJ Solicitors Stadium on Tonight for this 19:45 kick off and take advantage of the reduced admission prices of £5 for Adults (Aged 17 and over) £3 Concessions (entry strictly on production of valid identification) £3 Young People (Aged 11 to 16) £1 Under 16, but must be accompanied by an adult. Transfer to the Seated Stand is £2 and applies to all admission prices.
Updated 21:55 - 20 Mar 2018 by OL 2