Leamington 2 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 3rd August 2013 (Friendly)
Match report courtesy of Coventry Telegraph;
Boro boss Kevin Wilkin was left with plenty to ponder ahead of the new season as a Craig Owen double gave Leamington a well-deserved win at the New Windmill Ground.
Nuneaton would have been hoping to give themselves a morale-boosting victory going into their league opener against Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
But instead, Boro were left to mull over a third defeat in pre-season. Owen opened the scoring when he smashed home Ricky Johnson’s knock down before the midfielder notched up his second just before the interval.
The visitors upped the ante in the second period, but the Brakes held firm to comfortably see out the win.
Southern League champions Leamington took the game to their Conference Premiership opponents. And it did not take long before they got the first shot away. Matt Dodd sliced over after receiving Owen’s lofted pass.
But the net was soon bulging when Johnson headed down Dodd’s cross for Owen to find the top corner with a powerful strike.
Boro were struggling to come to terms with the hosts as Dodd and Johnson were proving a constant threat down the flanks.
And it was a defensive error which led to the Brakes’ second goal. Jon Adams lost control of the ball in midfield, which opened up space for Owen – and the midfielder took full advantage as he shot low past keeper Dmitar Evtimov.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, Nuneaton knew they needed to step things up in the second period. And they were presented with their best opportunity of the match just five minutes in. But Greg Pearson’s shot could only clip the top of the bar.
Boro introduced new signing James Belshaw for the final half an hour. But the keeper did not have much to do as both sides cancelled each other out for the remaining minutes.