Nuneaton Town 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 1
Saturday 25th July, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Boro hit back to earn a draw against a bright Hemel side at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
Matty Harriot had the first shot in anger in the fifth minute after Will Ghanore's run had been cut out but it was a comfortable gather for Jordan Smith.
Ghanore was finding plenty of space behind frontman Oliver Hawkins in the early stages and on the left Jamal Lowe had a half chance after being picked out by James Potton but after cutting back inside he could only drag a shot from 18 yards wide of the left-hand upright.
Boro then enjoyed a good spell of possession which ended with Shane Byrne's putting a hanging cross to the far post where Rob Duffy was unable to direct his header on target.
Then with Hemel on the attack James Reid broke up the move and found Liam Canavan, he helped the ball forward for Aaron Williams who picked out Duffy but he swept his first-time effort a yard too high.
Hemel were asking for a penalty in the 19th minute when Hawkins was nudged in a crowded six-yard box as he attempted to get on the end of a Kyle Connolly cross, but there was nothing doing for the visitors.
Ghanore had the ball in the net when Ben Herd sprung the offside trap and pulled the ball back for Potton to hit a shot that fell into his path but the flag was immediately raised for offside as the Hemel man steered the ball under Smith from eight yards.
In the 37th minute Potton again was involved, finding the influential Ghanore free on the right edge of the area and he cut inside but shot straight at Smith from 16 yards. Two minutes later Hawkins wrestled his way clear and tried to lob Smith from fully 35 yards but his shot lacked height and accuracy.
Five minutes before the break the best opening fell to Canavan, he was put in by Herve Pepe's neat pass but with only Jamie Butler to beat he pulled his shot wide of the far post.
At the other end Lowe had Smith scrambling to his left and grateful to see a 20-yard curling effort fly just wide.
Reid fired a free-kick well over in the opening seconds of the second period and a neat build-up in the 50th minute ended with Duffy well off target from 18 yards on the turn.
Almost immediately at the other end Hemel took the lead when Boro were unable to deal with a long ball forward and Hawkins was able to virtually walk the ball in after going past Smith.
Boro made a trio of substitutions on the hour and within a minute were level, Williams finding space inside the box to turn and curl a lovely right-foot finish past Butler.
Maguire went close to winning it for Boro five minutes from time but saw his scrambled effort come back off the post and substitute Billy Daniels' follow-up somehow went wide.
BORO: J.Smith, Pepe, Reid, Byrne, Maguire, Kalonji, Williams (Hoban 82), J.Keane, Duffy (C.Keane 60), Canavan (Harewood 60), Brothwell (Daniels 60).
Subs not used: Taylor, King, R.Smith.
Attendance : 293