Nuneaton Town 3 Chester 2
Saturday 29th November, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News
Nuneaton got back to winning ways in impressive style this afternoon as they saw off in-form Chester at the James Parnell Stadium.
Boro boss Liam Daish made brave decisions before the game as he dropped skipper Gaz Dean and midfielder Adam Walker from his first team squad.
It looked like it could be a decision that backfired early on.
Despite being under pressure for the first five minutes, it was the Boro who came closest to breaking the deadlock through Anton Brown.
Ben Starosta crossed the ball in and Brown received it with his back to goal, swivelling smartly before sending an overhead kick just wide of Jon Worsnop’s far post.
That chance breathed life into the home side as they started to enjoy the occasion. Loan signing Adam Dawson looked especially dangerous in an impressive 15 minute spell for the Boro.
They were rewarded for their positive approach in the 20th minute when James Armson volleyed home the opening goal of the game from inside the box. Dawson was again heavily involved as he pulled the ball back for Armson to slam home.
Boro have looked vulnerable in recent matches, but it was their turn to put their opponents under pressure as Lee Fowler doubled the home sides’ lead just three minutes after Armson had struck.
The Nuneaton man smashed home a free-kick from the edge of the box that cannoned off a defenders head on it's way into the net.
Chester came back into the game after the second goal, but new loan Boro keeper Christian Dibble was only forced into making one real save, rushing out to deny Danny Harrison smartly with a save with his feet.
Chester boss Steve Burr would not have been happy with what he saw in the first half and he reacted by making a double substitution at half-time.
One of those changes, Craig Hobson, took less than five minutes to make an impact, the frontman got across the Boro defence to glance home a Rhys Oates cross from the left hand side.
Chester had certainly came out fired up, and the goal only lifted their spirits further but the Boro did well to repel the visitors attacks.
Dibble was forced into action to deny a John Rooney free-kick, while Worsnop needed to be at his best at the other end to deny a Dawson effort from distance.
The Boro keeper produced his best save 15 minutes before the end of the game, somehow reacting to deny Oates a leveller for the visitors. The full importance of that save was felt two minutes later as Dawson combined well with fellow Leicester loanee Marcel Barrington, the latter tapping home from close range.
That goal looked like it was the final nail in the Chester coffin, but Burr’s side refused to throw in the towel and came back once again.
Hobson was the man who struck, the Chester man headed home from under the crossbar after a corner from the left hand side for the visitors.
Nuneaton hung on well after the goal, and could have added another through Barrington, but a 3-2 win, and a valuable three points, was more than satisfactory.
NUNEATON: Dibble, Starosta, Franklin, Charles, Streete, Fowler (Smith 89), Anton Brown, Dawson, Armson, Sodje (Barrington 59), Gash.
Subs not used: Cowan, Stankevicius, Quinn.
CHESTER: Worsnop, Roberts (Touray 46), Kay, Charnock, Brown, Harrison (Hobson 46), Rooney, McConville, Mahon, Hughes, Oates.
Subs not used: Roberts, Peers, Menagh.