Nuneaton Griff 3 Nuneaton Town 2
Thursday 31st July 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton Griff came from behind to secure a memorable victory over Nuneaton Town at the James Parnell Stadium.
Corey Faulconbridge’s composed one-on-one finish past James Wren settled the result of Boro’s penultimate pre-season friendly.
The Heartlanders had took an early lead when Michael Swan just five minutes in.
Having scored in Tuesday’s draw, striker Ben Hutchinson was one of only two Boro players (Delroy Gordon being the other) to start both midweek games and went close from a header on 15 minutes that was foiled by goalkeeper Dave Watson.
It was to be a key theme of the first half as Watson made a number of commanding saves, including another from the lively Hutchinson on the half-hour mark and again a few minutes later.
Courtney Baker-Richards was denied by Watson but returned on 34 minutes to thump a header home and level the scores.
Hernan Zanni and Baker-Richards both had chances before half time was called.
Hutchinson grabbed his second goal in 48 hours with a splendid strike off the underside of the bar five minutes into the second half.
Griff levelled matters on hour mark through Ryan Slinn, but Boro coughed up a golden opportunity to regain their lead when Hernan Zanni saw his penalty saved from Watson.
Griff, who commence their Midland Football League Division One campaign on Saturday against Stafford Town at the Pingles Stadium, held on to claim victory.
GRIFF: Watson, Hutchinson, Aston, D.Faulconbridge, Evans, MG Williams, Barrett, Slinn, Ford, Swan, Bates, Webb. Subs; Mitchell, Davies, Bouable, C.Faulconbridge, M.Williams, Moore.
BORO: Wren, Strarosta, Gordon, Smith, Zanni, Quinn, Kearns, Ball, Cadby, Hutchinson, Baker-Richards. Subs; Micklewaite, Bird, King, Rayson, Donnovan, Charles-Cook.