Nuneaton Town 3 Dover Athletic 2
Tuesday 7th October, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Nuneaton Town won back-to-back matches for the first time in 23 games, as they beat fellow strugglers Dover Athletic 3-2.
Last time Boro took maximum points from successive matches on March 11th they had play-off ambitions, but now the victory took on a different significance as they climbed closer to safety.
New manager Liam Daish’s second win since taking over at the James Parnell Stadium came courtesy of goals from debutant Onome Sodje, James Armson and Connor Franklin in a topsy-turvy encounter.
It was Sodje, fresh from getting international clearance to join from Albania, who opened the scoring as he capitalised on a defensive slip in the 16th minute.
As Sodje broke clear in the box, he still had a lot to do but showed the sort of confident finishing the hosts have missed all season by dinking it over Dover goalkeeper Andrew Rafferty.
The hosts doubled their lead on 33 minutes, as Armson scored an incredible half volley from 35 yards out after a cleared corner sat up perfectly for him to strike.
But despite an impressive opening, Boro soon fell victim to sloppy defending when they allowed Ricky Miller too much space in the area to fire past Reice Charles-Cook.
Dover levelled just after the break when Boro failed to deal with a corner and Stefan Payne smashed home from a yard out.
From a team full of potential in the first half, Boro looked like a rag-tag bunch of strangers for most of the second – struggling to keep the ball and clear their lines convincingly.
However, on 77 minutes Franklin found himself on the end of a deep Lee Fowler cross to head emphatically beyond Rafferty and save Boro’s blushes.
Daish will take a lot of positives from the display, but will be eager to eradicate the wastefulness that crept into his side’s play after going two goals up in the first half.
Boro: Charles-Cook, Streete, Franklin, Dean, Charles, Fowler, Armson, Walker (Smith 90), Dawson, Curran (Hutchinson 61), Sodje. Subs not used: McSweeney, Anton Brown, Dyer.