Nuneaton Town 0 Barnet 2
23rd August 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton have now gone more than six hours without a goal as they lost their third game of the season against Barnet.
Nuneaton had started the brighter of the two sides, but that was of no help to them in the seventh minute when Charlie MacDonald slammed home an early spot-kick.
The decision was given when Andy Yiadom crossed into a group of Boro defenders, with the referee Lee Sabey adjudging the ball had hit the hand of Anton Brown in the box.
Boro were stunned by the goal and it was no surprise when the Bees doubled their advantage on 12 minutes.
John Akinde was denied by a great save from Reice Charles-Cook in the 10th minute, but despite making a great near post save from MacDonald two minutes later, the Boro keeper was helpless to stop the Bees skipper from slamming home the rebound.
If Boro reacted badly to going one down they made amends after going two behind.
Heads did not drop and they could have halved the deficit on 15 minutes, Theo Streete having to watch his far post header somehow fly inches past the far post after a James Armson free-kick was excellently swung in.
The same man came even closer on 18 minutes as well. His pacy cross catching a deflection off Lee Cook and cannoning back off the Barnet bar.
The Boro could not keep up that momentum, though, as the first half fizzled out.
The second half seemed to be suffering from the malaise - that was until Andy Brown tried a speculative volley from fully 35 yards.
The effort brought cheers of appreciation from the Boro faithful, but more importantly for boss Brian Reid, it sparked a bit of life into Nuneaton.
Suddenly Anton Brown was flying into tackles again and Tyrell Waite had the bit between his teeth.
For the second time, though, it looked like the Boro had conceded when they had were on top.
Delroy Gordon was adjudged to have fouled Akinde in the box, it was a clear mistake by the referee as Gordon obviously touched the ball first, but referee Swabey was not to be swayed.
Justice was done for Boro though, as MacDonald was unable to complete his hat-trick, Charles-Cook producing a phenomenal save to keep the score at two-nil.
With 11 minutes to go Charles-Cook was needed again. His double save from Akinde keeping the Boro within touching distance of the Bees but with time running out.