Barwell 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Saturday 12th July, 2014.
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
A flurry of second half substitutions from Brian Reid swung this game the Boro's way on Saturday.
Jimmy Ginnelly had set his Barwell side up as a physical and intimidating team in the first half, and playing with a number of trialists, the Boro could not match their lower league hosts.
Reid said “We gave away a sloppy goal and were very sloppy in general. It never worked out for us in that first half and I was not happy about it.”
The Boro just never settled and it was no surprise that it was the home side who went into the break with the lead.
That opening goal did not come until the 40th minute though, as a long ball simply caught the Boro defence unaware, allowing Olly Brown-Hill the chance to run in one-on-one with trial keeper James Wren.
Wren managed to deny the Barwell frontman at the first time of asking, but the rebound cruelly fell at the feet of the number nine once again, allowing him the easy task of rolling the ball past the grounded Wren and into the empty net.
The lead was no less than the home side deserved after a spirited showing in the opening 45 minutes.
Reid was quick to make the changes in the second half as he sent on some Boro favourites with skipper Gaz Dean, midfielder James Armson and striker Andy Brown all coming off the bench at the break.
Their introduction saw the Boro begin to match their hosts physically for the first time in the afternoon.
It also saw the Boro begin to ask questions of their own.
With 20 minutes to go Barwell did not have an answer to one of those questions as the Boro drew level.
Brown deserved the goal himself after brushing aside his marker and turning neatly in the box, the Nuneaton number 10 was unselfish though, as he teed-up trialist Pablo Diyuka instead.
The Argentinean showed an amazing eye for goal as he drilled the ball low and hard into the bottom corner of the net from 10-yards out.
If that finish was good from Diyuka then his second just minutes later was even better.
He managed to connect to a close range cross and pulled off a remarkable swivelled header that nestled into the far corner of the net.
The quick-fire double took the spirit from Barwell as they could not muster a response in the last 15 minutes.
Reid added afterwards that their were positives for him moving forward.
The Boro boss said: “We showed commitment and character in the second half and also got a win which is good. You want to get into the habit of winning games and we have done that.”
Boro (from) - James Wren, Jorrin John, Connor Franklin, Gavin Cowan, Gareth Dean, Theo Streete, James Armson, Adam Walker, Andy Brown, Nick Wright, Jack Dyer, Ben Starosta, Delroy Gordon, Donovan Simmonds, Adi Yussef, Ryan Quinn, Adam Mekki, Alex Gott (gk), Anton Brown, Daniel Nti, Daniel Kavanagh, Pablo Diyuka, Hernan Zanni.