Leamington 1 Nuneaton Town 3
Saturday 1st August, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Aaron Williams scored twice as Boro showed the killer instinct that may yet make them strong contenders in the National League North.
Billy Daniels also added a third late on as their plucky Southern Premier League opponents finally succumbed at the New Windmill Ground.
After what can only be described as a scrappy first few minutes the home side were almost in front when Ben George lifted in a cross for Ben Mackey who saw his header well tipped over by Jordan Smith.
But it was Boro who were ahead in the fifth minute when James Reid's angled ball caught the hosts napping and Williams pounced to calmly clip the ball over an exposed Tony Breeden.
Leamington had penalty claims waved away when Jack Edwards went down under Joe Maguire's challenge but referee Sarah Garrett waved away concerted appeals from Edwards.
Mackey had a half chance when the ball fell to him 30 yards out but his attempted lob lacked the height to really trouble the keeper.
Richard Taundry then fired a free kick from 20 yards wide of the target in the 23rd minute.
There was another moment of danger for Nuneaton when Jack Lane was caught in possession by Rob Ogleby and Smith, at full stretch, did well to again divert the ball over the bar.
Then at the other end a sweeping break saw Marlon Harewood pull the ball back invitingly for Williams but Jamie Hood made a timely block to deny an almost certain goal.
Mackey should have levelled in the 33rd minute when Taundry split the Boro defence with a pass into the inside right channel but the striker shot weakly at Smith as he moved out to narrow the angle.
Harewood could have added a second using his strength as he burst forward, but after creating space he dragged his right-foot shot disappointingly wide.
Leamington did, though, finally find a way past Smith in the 36th minute when Boro were unable to clear Lee Moore's cross and Taundry slammed home the loose ball from 18 yards.
Boro then went close from two free kicks in the space of a minute, Breeden flying to his left to push away from Williams and then Reid with a left-foot effort that was inches wide after Harewood was hauled down.
Mackey was then responsible for the miss of the season, before it's even started in earnest, pouncing on Taundry's free kick and blasting over the stand from all of four yards.
Boro regained the lead seven minutes after the break with a lovely move, Shane Byrne found James Clifton on the right and his low cross was tapped in at the far post by Williams.
After that, the second period had much less on show than the first as the visitors were then content at times to keep hold of the ball, making the home side chase shadows in the process.
There was a worrying moment when Rob Duffy came on as a 74th-minute substitute for Harewood only to limp off two minutes later having picked up a knock almost immediately.
Then, with time running out, Daniels slipped a shot under Breeden to wrap up what was in the end a comfortable – and also very professional – display by Nuneaton.
Leamington: Tony Breeden, Ben George (Kieren Westwood, 46), Jake Jones (Danny Williams, 69), Joe Magunda , Jamie Hood, James Mace (Michael Williams, 35), Rob Ogleby, Jack Edwards, Ben Mackey, Richard Taundry, Lee Moore (Reiss Mitchell, 84).
Subs not used: Connor Gudger, Martyn Naylor, Lewis Fenney.
Nuneaton Town: Jordan Smith, James Clifton (Ryan Smith, 74), James Reid, Jordan Keane, Joe Maguire, Jack Lane, David Morgan, Shane Byrne, Marlon Harewood (Rob Duffy 74, Billy Daniels, 76), Aaron Williams, Callum Chettle.
Subs not used: Cieron Keane, Claudio Hoban.