Nuneaton Town 1 Wolves U21's 4
Wednesday 22nd July, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton may not have been at the races on Tuesday night, but a 4-1 scoreline against a young Wolves side was somewhat harsh on Kevin Wilson and his new Boro squad.
Two goals in injury time gave the impression that it was one-way traffic in this pre-season outing, but it was a lot closer than that.
True, Nuneaton had not shown some of the quality they had against Banbury, Birmingham and Coventry, but they were not 4-1 bad, only a desire to get back into the game at 2-1 led to Wolves hitting them on the break and getting a quickfire double late on.
The evening had started promisingly enough as once again Nuneaton settled into their passing style effortlessly, taking on the Championship youngsters at their own game.
They were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance though, despite enjoying plenty of possession, a fact they were made to pay for in the 34th minute.
Bradley Reid was the man who struck, showing why Wolves rate him so highly with the most tidy of finishes from inside the six-yard box. He was expertly set-up, though, after a fine run and drilled cross from Connor Ronan on the right hand side.
Wolves were not really deserving of their 1-0 lead – and they certainly were not worthy when it became 2-0 just before half time.
A soft penalty was awarded by the referee on the stroke of the break, after a foul by Herve Pepe on Connor Ronan.
A game of rock, paper, scissors later and Zeli Ismail won the right to take it.
It was a fact he revelled in by smashing it past Jordan Smith, who was unlucky not to keep it out after getting a good hand to it.
The tempo of the match did not return with the players after the break as the first 20 minutes were among the slowest of pre-season for the Boro.
They were nearly awoken out of their slumber by their most high-profile player, but Marlon Harewood was unable to stretch and convert a fantastic far-post cross from James Reid.
The ex-West Ham man got a clean connection but could only send the ball over the bar and out of play.
Substitutions were the name of the game after that chance as both teams exercised their right to swap and change their teams.
It was Nuneaton who came through that period the stronger as they pulled a goal back with minutes remaining through the poaching ability of Rob Duffy.
He did what all forwards should do and followed in a chance as Joe Maguire saw his header glance off the bar but Duffy was on-hand to finish the job.
It was not the end of the scoring though as Wolves took advantage of Nuneaton pushing forward to hit them on the break twice late on.
A second-half triallist was the man with the first finish as he slid it past onrushing substitute keeper De La Puz to seal the win.
Then, the wonderfully named Eusebio Bancessi added his name to the scoring by stepping up and giving Smith no chance with the second penalty of the game for the Black Country side.
NUNEATON TOWN: Smith (De La Puz 46), Duggan (King 75), Lane (Keane 46), Jago (triallist 59), Maguire, Pepe, Harness (Brothwell 63), Keane (Smith 80), Harewood (Duffy 67), Williams (Repstad 80), Reid (Hoban 80).