Stratford Town 1 Nuneaton Town 3
Tuesday 1st October 2013 (BSC 1st Round)
Match report courtesy of Coventry Telegraph;
A goal in each half from James Armson helped Nuneaton ease into the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Mark Bell bagged the other Boro effort and the winning margin would have been far greater had it not been for the heroics of youngster Sam Brady in the Stratford goal.
The home side made a good start and Matt West forced a save from James Belshaw inside five minutes,
But after that early scare, the Boro proceeded to play some impressive football and should have been clear by the break.
Armson bagged his opener in the tenth minute, sending an effort beyond keeper Brady after his initial shot had hit the upright.
Greg Pearson was denied at the foot of the post by Brady before the Stratford keeper pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Connor Taylor and Pearson.
But the pick of their chances came on 44 minutes when Taylor was shoved over in the box but Pearson’s penalty was blocked by the legs of Brady. Nuneaton were made to pay for those missed chances when the home side levelled deep into injury time. Richard Gregory exchanged passes with Matt West before blasting his shot beyond keeper Belshaw.
Boro continued to dominate after the break and regained the lead on the hour when Armson threaded his shot just inside the foot of the post from 20 yards.
The Stratford keeper then pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the visitors at bay.
On 64 minutes he kept out Emmit Delfouneso’s effort and then stopped another from Taylor soon after. Delroy Gordon headed wide from a corner before Armson put an effort just over the target following some excellent work by Taylor out wide.
Nuneaton wrapped up the win six minutes from time when Michael Richens forced his way into the box before picking out Bell on the far side of the area and the midfielder drilled home form 15 yards.
Armson should have completed his hat-trick in the final seconds but the excellent Brady produced another outstanding save.