Nuneaton Town 2 Lincoln City 1
Saturday 4th October, 2014.
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Lady luck finally smiled on Nuneaton Town as two fortuitous goals earned them a third win of the season at the James Parnell Stadium.
Lee Fowler was awarded with the opener after 30 minutes when his central free kick evaded everybody before nestling into the net.
Lincoln equalised through Tom Miller’s free header from Marcus Marshall’s cross before half time.
But it was debutant Adam Dawson who grabbed the game’s deciding goal with 23 minutes to go when his cross from the right dropped over Nick Townsend’s out-stretched finger tips.
Daish went in search of his first Boro win at the third attempt by handing debuts to Dawson and Anthony Charles while Jack Dyer was preferred in midfield over Anton Brown.
Reice Charles-Cook was called into early action when he saved bravely low down from Marcus Marshall’s dangerous low cross, and soon afterwards was nearly caught out in possession on the edge of his penalty area but he did enough to stop Ben Tomlinson from capitalising.
Charles came to Boro’s rescue on 14 minutes when he cleared Tomlinson’s strike off the line after a half-cleared long throw from the left.
A powerful, but fair challenge from Charles-Cook ended Tom Anderson’s afternoon for the visitors after just 26 minutes, Tony Diagne coming on in his place.
Boro took the lead on the half-hour mark when Fowler’s central floated free kick caused havoc in the Lincoln backline as Dean appeared to get the final touch.
Dean was mobbed by his teammates but the goal was announced as Fowler’s.
Karl Ledsham should have levelled when he headed over under no defensive pressure.
Streete was harshly adjudged to have fouled close to the corner flag six minutes before the break. Sean Newton’s cross found the unmarked Miller to head home the equaliser.
The second half started with a flurry of activity as Ledsham crashed a volley from the edge of the box against the bar, and a minute later Craig Curran’s header across goal bounced agonisingly back off the post.
Ben Hutchinson flashed a free kick wide from 25 yards out to end a lull in activity after the early pair of opportunities.
The game once again came to life on 67 minutes when the lively Dawson crossed from the right all the way into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Charles-Cook was to Boro’s rescue five minutes later after Miller’s long throw was headed tamely away by Streete into the path of Nat Brown. The Lincoln captain shot low to the keeper’s right but the Coventry City loanee was equal to it with a strong right-arm intervention.
Fowler’s class in the heart of the Boro midfield allowed them to dictate play going into the final ten minutes, and it was his beautiful turn and low strike from 30 yards that nearly extended the lead for Boro as it flew just wide.
BORO: Charles-Cooke, Franklin, Dean, Charles, Streete, Armson, Fowler (Anton Brown 90), Dawson, Curran, Hutchinson, Dyer (Walker 53). Subs; Cowan, Smith, Wren.