Nuneaton Town 0 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
Saturday 25th October, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Rnd
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton and Hemel Hempstead will have to do it all again on Tuesday night after a 0-0 draw this afternoon.
The game was only three minutes old when the Boro came close to breaking the deadlock, only the width of the post denying Jack Dyer an early goal after the midfielder smashed an effort in from fully 25 yards.
The home side continued to push after that with Ben Hutchinson looking particularly dangerous on his return to the first team fold.
The frontman had a couple of headed opportunities – and a fizzed effort that went just over from 20 yards – but he was unable to test Laurie Walker in the Hemel goal.
The pressure did not continue for the Boro though, as Hemel came back into the match when the tempo died down from the home side.
The lower league visitors did not create any clear cut chances as such, but they were doing enough to worry the Boro.
Despite that, Nuneaton managed to see out what in all honesty turned into a poor half of football, leaving Hemel the happier of the two sides going into the break.
Boro boss Liam Daish did not make any changes during half-time, and the Boro performance did not pick up in the early minutes of the second half.
The match was between a Conference Premier and a Conference South outfit, but both teams share the same problem at the moment – a lack of form.
That was obvious in the lack of momentum either of the sides could build. Poor passing and frustrated shouting featuring more than clear cut chances and end-to-end play.
When the Boro did break Hemel down in the 68th minute they were unable to take the chance, Craig Curran reacted quickly to get onto a Ben Hutchinson flick-on, but he could not do enough to force it past Walker.
Minutes later James Wren showed his own ability as a goalkeeper, superbly tipping a fierce Luke Allen shot over the bar with one hand, the best chance Hemel had created all game.
Despite a late flurry of corners for the visitors neither keeper was tested after that leaving a replay on Tuesday night as the outcome.
BORO: Wren, Franklin, Streete, Dean, Cowan, Brown, Dyer (Armson 16 (Smith 82)), Fowler, Dawson, Curran, Hutchinson.
Subs not used: Walker, Starosta, Quinn, McSweeney, Richards.
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD: Walker, Asafu-Adjaye, Connolly, Parkes, Johnson, Diarra, Hawkins, Lobjoit (Lowe 61), Potton, Simmonds (Brighton 81), Toomey (Allen 61)
Subs not used: Oporu, King, Oli, May.