Nuneaton Town 0 FC Halifax Town 2
Saturday 26th October 2013 (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
Match report courtesy of Coventry Telegraph;
Two goals worthy of winning any cup tie saw Nuneaton’s FA Cup challenge end at the first attempt as they suffered a fourth qualifying round defeat to Halifax, extending their winless run to eight games in all competitions.
Lee Gregory’s volley put Halifax ahead on 17 minutes and the visitors, who had previously failed to win on the road this season, sealed their place in the first round proper when Scott McManus fired in from 25 yards just after the hour mark.
Jon Adams went close early on as Nuneaton started brightly, forcing Halifax keeper Matty Glennon into a fingertip save to tip his 25 yard strike round the post.
But it was the visitors who took the lead shortly after as despite Adam Smith slipping as he crossed, Gregory adjusted brilliantly to hit an acrobatic low volley in off the post, giving James Belshaw no chance.
Nuneaton pushed for an equaliser which nearly came when Halifax failed to clear a James Armson corner, but Louis Moult’s poke goal-wards lacked power and was cleared off the line.
They were restricted to long range efforts thereafter, with Adam Walker seeing a shot deflected narrowly wide with Glennon stranded, while Adams also fired just wide from the edge of the box as Boro ended the first half strongly.
Armson saw an effort fly over the bar as the second half began, but Halifax soon started to enjoy their best spell of the game, and doubled their lead in fine fashion, as McManus was allowed the freedom of the midfield to cut inside from the left and push forward, firing powerfully into the top corner from 25 yards.
Kevin Wilkin introduced David Hibbert who added some presence to the Boro front line, and he saw a header loop over the bar. That was as close as Nuneaton were to come though as Halifax saw out the rest of the tie in comfort.
The visitors almost put the gloss on their first away win of the season late on, only for Belshaw to deny McManus with a fine save from close range, but Nuneaton dreams of cup glory are over for another year.