Nuneaton Town 0 Coventry City 0
Saturday 11th July, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Just what can you learn from a pre-season outing?
In Kevin Wilson's first outing as Boro boss the answer is quite a lot.
Obviously no trophies are ever handed out in July and August, but there are statements that can be made.
Inside the first ten minutes of this annual clash against the Sky Blues Nuneaton did just that, with one passage of play in particular summing up what Nuneaton will be about this season.
A ball from the back was played into the feet of new midfield man Shane Byrne, the Boro number four seemingly in trouble with players closing in and his back to goal.
No pass was rushed, though, no random kick was placed, instead the former Corby man turned nicely and kept the ball moving in style, calmness personified.
You cannot say that this season will be this or that after one such turn, but it set the stall out early...the Boro will be keeping possession whenever they can this season.
They certainly did that in the opening 20 minutes in this clash.
The new look Nuneaton side settled well, with Aaron Williams going close inside the opening five minutes, but for all their good work they were so close to going behind in the 15th minute.
They were indebted to keeper Shawn Rowley as the scores stayed level as he first denied James Madison before getting up and doing the same again to stop a Sky Blues trialist from slamming home the rebound.
His double save was good, but the singular one he produced in the 32nd minute was even better.
The youngster once again denied the same Sky Blues trialist, this time throwing himself full length to turn a curling effort round the post, after the Coventry number 12 looked to have given his side the lead with a great shot from the edge of the box.
There was nothing Rowley could do in the 40th minute though, as the keeper had to rely on the woodwork – and good luck – to keep the Boro level. He was left helpless when Maddison's quality free kick went goalwards, but bounced off the crossbar and onto the goalline before swerving away to safety.
That was as good as the action got as 21 changes at half-time did not see fresh impetus after the break.
The ebb and flow went with the half-time whistle, the second period saw few chances as both sets of players played for minutes under their belts more than anything else....
NUNEATON TOWN: (FIRST HALF) Rowley, Clifton, Reid, Byrne, Maguire, Lane (Hicks 20), Dawes, Keane, Duffy, Williams, Hoban.
NUNEATON TOWN: (SECOND HALF) Fondop, Smith, Keane, Grocott, Pepe, King, Yafai, Bobes-Gilroy, Diop (Harewood 67), Dyer (Delaney 70), Opoku.
Subs not used: Taylor, Bothwell, Repstad.
COVENTRY CITY: (FIRST HALF) Charles-Cook, Phillips, Willis, Martin, Haynes, O'Brien, Finch, Fleck, Maddison, Trialist, Tudgay.
Subs not used: Kelly-Evans, Ricketts, Harries, Stokes, Vincelot, Thomas, Lawton, Swanson, Thomas, Trialist, Apoai.
COVENTRY CITY: (SECOND HALF) Charles-Cook, Kelly-Evans, Harries, Ricketts, Stokes, Trialist, C Thomas, Vincelot, Lawton, Swanson, G Thomas.