Nuneaton Town 4 Burton Albion 3 (BSC Q-F)
Tuesday 19th January, 2016;
Boro put in one of their best performances this season in this Birmingham Senior Cup tie.
Taking on a Burton Albion team that included full internationals, Kevin Wilson and his near full-strength Boro team came out on top in a seven-goal thriller at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
Burton started well and it was no surprise when the League One side were rewarded with the opening goal in just the seventh minute.
Timmy Thiele was the architect, and Luxembourg international Aurelien Joachim the scorer, the Burton number ten did superbly well to muscle his way through before laying the ball on a plate for his number nine to slide home.
That one goal did not take long to become two as Burton, with their tails up, smelt blood. Former Boro trialist Marcus Harness adding his name to the score sheet with a well taken snap-shot from the edge of the box.
Nuneaton did not take kindly to the quick-fire double and began to ask a question or two of their visitors.
Upping the ante brought almost instant reward for the home side as a fine cross from James Clifton found Marlon Harewood unmarked in the box, from where he sent a bullet header into the back of the net.
In a real see-saw battle Burton regained their two-goal advantage within five minutes, Joachim adding to his tally on the night after picking up the ball on the edge of the box and sliding it past an on-rushing De La Paz.
Burton had proved that they could score almost at will, but also that they were vulnerable to Boro’s attack.
Callum Chettle proved the point as he scored a great goal after a stunning run from midfield saw him break through the backline and send a powerful low drive across Stephen Bywater and into the back of the net.
Chettle's goal was good, very good in-fact, but it was a poor cousin compared to the next Boro strike.
It came at the start of the second half and Harewood was the man who scored it. The 36-year-old front man rolled back the years with an incredible over-head kick from inside the box that hit the back of the net before Bywater had even seen it.
The chances continued to come after that, even if the goals did not, as Burton striker Joachim was guilty of squandering three guilt-edged ones before De La Paz pulled off an amazing stop to deny him with 20 minutes to go.
That save was good, but it was given even more importance moments later as Boro went up the other end and took the lead for the first time on the night.
James Clifton was the scorer, and another good goal it was, the wing-back making a run into the box and sending a fine half-volley past Bywater and into the back of the net.
It was a well deserved lead, and victory, as Boro showed they were back to their fluid best.
NUNEATON TOWN: De La Paz, Clifton, Reid (C.Keane 68), J.Keane, Lane, Morgan, Maguire (Duffy 54), Byrne, Daniels, Harewood (Williams 58), Chettle.
Subs not used: Hicks, R.Smith.
BURTON ALBION: Bywater, Shelton, Austin, Slade, Gatter, Palmer (Hallahan 69), Reilly (Fox 69), Ferguson, Joachim, Thiele, Harness.
Subs not used: O'Brien, Hornby, Dinanga.