Tividale 2 Nuneaton Town 6
BSC 1st Round - Tuesday 4th November, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
An Adam Walker hat-trick on Tuesday night helped book the Boro a tie at home to Wolves in the 2nd Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Walker, who was restored to the Boro line-up in a number of changes that Liam Daish made on the night, was the stand-out performer in a 6-2 win for Nuneaton.
Walker needed just 14 minutes to make his mark on the night as he smashed home a volley past Jack Hayfield after the home side had failed to deal with a Nuneaton corner.
The Boro did not look back after that as they cut loose from the pressure of the league and started to enjoy themselves.
Ryan Smith, who along with Walker was restored to the first-team, grabbed the next goal 12 minutes later. He linked up well with winger Jorrin John before helping the ball into the bottom of the net.
Nuneaton let their guard slip after that, but it was still a shock when Tividale halved the deficit not long after.
Leigh Downing got the goal for the home side as he slotted past James Wren to give Tividale some hope.
That had all but vanished before half-time, though, as Nuneaton eased through the gears to net three goals in five minutes to ensure the victory.
The first was a penalty from James Armson after the Boro midfielder picked himself up after being fouled in the box and buried the spot-kick.
Walker then grabbed his second of the night almost straight away, the former Coventry City man taking full advantage of some static Tividale defending to find the back of the net.
The flurry of late goals in the first half was completed by Dane Griffiths just before the whistle went, the on-loan Cardiff City man making space for himself in the box before turning neatly and smashing an effort past Hayfield.
With a four goal lead the second half was always going to be a relaxing affair for the Boro.
They put the cherry on top nine minutes after the break as Walker completed his hat-trick after he raced onto a loose ball to finish past Hayfield.
Substitute Lewis Taylor-Boyce netted a consolation goal for the home side before the end, but it was the Boro who eased through, ensuring a big game against Wolves in the next round.
NUNEATON TOWN: Wren, Starosta, Franklin, Charles, Streete, Quinn, John, Armson, Walker, Smith, Griffiths.
Subs: Brown, Fowler, Dean, Kavanagh.
TIVIDALE: Hayfield, Plows, Paskin, Parsons, Wardle, (Taylor-Boyce), Williams, Downing (Bottfield), Jukes, Rock Winwood, Hadley (Ashton).
Subs not used: Price, Penney.