Eastleigh 2 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 18th October, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Nuneaton Town slipped to a fifth consecutive away defeat but a spirited second-half display almost saw them fight back to claim a point at Eastleigh.
Goals either side of half time from Craig McAllister and Jamie Collins had looked to put Eastleigh on course for a comfortable win until Nuneaton came alive in the final half hour.
Lee Fowler reduced the arrears with a fine free-kick and Boro pushed their hosts all the way, but were unable to convert a number of late chances to grab an equaliser.
Liam Daish made three changes from the side that lost 4-1 at Welling, with James Hogarth-Wren replacing the suspended Reice Charles-Cook in goal, while Theo Streete and Anton Brown came in for Ben Starosta and Adam Walker.
After a quiet opening, Gareth Dean headed wide from a corner on 17 minutes and Boro found themselves behind just a minute later as McAllister fired in a half-volley from the edge of the box.
Hogarth-Wren was making his full debut for Nuneaton, having come off the bench at Welling, and the youngster was by far the busier keeper as the hosts dominated much of the opening period.
Jai Reason missed the target from close range, while Hogarth-Wren produced a pair of fine saves to deny Stuart Fleetwood twice in quick succession.
The pressure finally told ten minutes into the second half as Eastleigh doubled their lead. Boro failed to clear a long throw and McAllister’s back-heel fell for Collins who rather scuffed his shot into the net.
With seven defeats and only two goals to show from eight away games this season, Daish’s side could easily have folded but, instead, they went from strength to strength.
Oneme Sodje should have done better when left in plenty of space but could only slice his effort on to the post, but on 68 minutes Fowler halved the deficit with a powerful free-kick.
Fowler almost struck again two minutes later as his effort burst through the keepers hands and on to the bar.
Boro continued to press, but the equaliser would prove elusive as Ben Hutchinson headed over from close range and Sodje dragged a shot wide.
Eastleigh: Flitney, Evans, Beckwith, Reid, Green, Fleetwood (Todd 90), Strevens, Stanley, Collins, Reason (Constable 59), McAllister. Subs
not used: Spence, Odubade, Wright.
Nuneaton: Hogarth-Wren, Streete, Charles, Dean, Franklin, Armson (Dyer 80), Anton Brown, Fowler, Dawson, Griffiths (Curran 60), Sodje (Hutchinson 74). Subs not used: Starosta, Walker.