Nuneaton Town 1 Derby County 2
Tuesday 8th July, 2014.
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
The Brian Reid revolution is well underway as the Boro boss took charge of his first pre-season match last night.
The first 15 minutes started well for Boro as they managed to adapt to the new 5-3-2 formation that manager Brian Reid had them start out with.
Gavin Cowan, Gareth Dean and Theo Streete made up the new central defensive trio with Connor Franklin and Jorrin John asked to play the wing-back roles.
The back-line went largely untroubled during that opening period, meaning keeper Reice Charles-Cooke had little to do.
Derby, who had named an incredibly strong team for the first half that included the likes of Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Kelle Roos and Richard Keogh, were always going to have spells on the ball though.
The middle third of the half saw them do just that as the visitors showed a willingness to play the ball around and they began to pick pockets of space in the Boro midfield and beyond.
Dean and Cowan both had to make smart tackles to deny Chris Martin and Jamie Ward in quick succession.
The Rams looked like it would only be a matter of time before they opened the scoring.
They very nearly did that on the half hour mark, but Charles-Cook came out and saved smartly at the feet of Hendrick after the youngster had danced his way into the area.
The best chance of the half came in the last minute for Boro and it fell to their mystery trialIst.
The number nine was first to the ball after Derby failed to clear a cross from Jorrin John but he could not keep his effort down and Roos was able to watch it go flying over the bar from eight yards out.
Boro were expected to make a number of changes at half-time, but it was the same 11 who came out for the second half.
After 50 minutes the Boro were 1-0 down as a mix-up between Gavin Cowan and keeper Charles-Cooke saw Jamie Ward curl in an effort from the edge of the area that somehow found the back of the net.
The next ten minutes saw less action on the pitch than off it as the mass substitutions that dominate this stage of the season took place.
Boro used the chance to take a look at a number of trialists during this time.
The changes made by both teams saw Boro come on strong with former keeper Kelle Roos forced into making a strong save from one of the Boro trialists.
It was against the run of play then, when the Rams doubled their lead in the 76th minute.
A deep cross from Lee Naylor eluded everyone in the Boro defence with Mason Bennett on hand at the far post to head past the substitute keeper, Saul Deeney.
Nuneaton deserved a goal for their efforts and they got one in the 89th minute from former Tamworth and Lincoln man Nick Wright who played as a trialist.
Wright cut inside well and curled an effort past Roos with supreme confidence.
Boro (from) - Reice Charles-Cooke, Jorrin John, Connor Franklin, Gavin Cowan, Gareth Dean, Theo Streete, James Armson, Adam Walker, Andy Brown, Nick Wright, Jack Dyer, Ben Starosta, Delroy Gordon, Saul Deeney, Donovan Simmonds, Adi Yussef.