Nuneaton Town 1 Dartford 2
Saturday 27th September, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Two late goals denied Liam Daish what looked like being a winning start as the new Boro manager.
Craig Curran’s first goal for the club had looked like being enough until visiting skipper Eliot Bradbrook levelled from the penalty spot twelve minutes from time.
Substitute Danny Harris then grabbed the winner five minutes later.
There was early work for Reice Charles-Cook to do when Tom Bradbrook tested him with a shot taken first time but the keeper was down smartly to gather to his left.
James Armson then had a sight of goal but his effort sailed over the stand.
Moments later Armson supplied a corner to the head of Andy Brown but under pressure he could not direct the ball on target.
Boro were looking sharp in the early exchanges and another Armson effort, curling to the right of Jason Brown’s goal, had the Dartford custodian diving to make the save.
There was danger at the other end when a Luke Daly free-kick found two players unmarked but central defender Rory McCauley headed wide with Charles-Cook scrambling to his left.
Boro suffered a massive blow when Andy Brown limped off and was replaced by Ben Hutchinson midway through the first period.
Strangely Brown’s departure seemed to put both sides on the back foot and there was a real lull to proceedings.
Almost out of the blue there was to be a breakthrough in the 35th minute and it went to the home side. Jason Brown made a mess of Theo Streete’s hanging cross conceding a corner. The resulting flag kick from Armson wasn’t cleared and Curran hooked in his first goal for the club from 12 yards through a crowded goalmouth.
Harry Crawford had a half chance to level almost immediately but fired wide of Charles-Cook’s goal from just inside the area.
Armson then played a deft ball over the top for Streete to take on the chest and fizz an effort dangerously across the six-yard box.
Right at the start of the second period there was a chance for Crawford who got in behind Boro but he lashed his shot well wide of the left-hand post.
Hesitancy in the home defence then almost let in Tom Bradbrook who was first to Streete’s header back towards Charles-Cook but the Dartford man stabbed the ball over the top.
Boro had a real chance to go further ahead, Hutchinson and Adam Walker eventually getting the ball to Armson who twisted and turned the Dartford defence but had his left-foot shot blocked.
Peter Sweeney was then a whisker away from levelling, his curling left-foot free-kick going inches wide after Lee Fowler was adjudged to have impeded Tom Bradbrook.
Substitute Danny Harris then caused problems for Connor Franklin but his cross into the six-yard box was well ahead of anyone in a yellow shirt.
Dartford were level in the 78th minute when Jason Brown’s long clearance went over the top of the Boro defence. Dean allowed it to bounce then got himself in a mess before wrestling Tom Bradbrook to the ground, conceding a penalty and also receiving a yellow card. Eliot Bradbrook made the hosts pay by coolly converting the penalty.
Boro then had huge appeals for handball in the area turned down much to the anger of Dean who had headed goalwards.
Seconds later the hosts were made to pay as Sweeney floated the ball in and Harris was unmarked as he headed past Charles-Cook who got a hand on it, but could not keep it out.
Anton Brown almost rescued a point with a flicked header from Exodus Geohaghon’s enormous throw but Jason Brown at full stretch palmed the ball to safety.
Nuneaton : Charles-Cook, Franklin, Geohaghon, Dean ©, Fowler, Walker, Curran, Armson (John 90 mins), McSweeney (Anton Brown 68 mins), Andy Brown (Hutchinson 21 mins), Streete. Subs: Wren, John, Anton Brown, Starosta, Hutchinson.