FC Halifax Town 2 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 20th December, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News
Liam Daish said on Friday that his sides' away-day record was not a true reflection of how they had performed this season – it turned out to be a pretty good way of summing up the game 24 hours later.
Boro lost their 12th away match but, for 65 minutes or so, they were more than in this encounter.
However, after a red card for midfielder James Armson, ten-man Boro were simply unable to keep the pace up.
The Boro have not been able to maintain a performance over the full 90 minutes all season and however well they have played at times, mistakes or ill-discipline are costing them dear and undoing all the good work.
Both teams made decent starts, and Boro forced a couple of corners, but they were unable to test Halifax stopper Matt Glennon with any of them.
It was in the 35th minute though that the game really came to life as only some sensational defending from Nuneaton kept the game goalless.
Halifax were first denied by Christian Dibble as the big stopper got down fantastically to claw away a Richard Peniket header.
Scott Boden latched onto the clearance though, and only an alert Theo Streete was able to stop the ball from crossing the line as the stand-in skipper got in the way.
The danger was not cleared though, as Peniket had a second bite of the cherry but this time Starosta cleared off the line.
Nuneaton simply refused to concede despite some heavy, heavy pressure from the home side.
Dibble had already shown his class in his first few outings for Nuneaton, but he reaffirmed his quality five minutes into the second half as the Barnsley man got up well to fingertip a Boden header over the bar.
It was not all one-way traffic though, as Boro were giving as good as they got in the second half.
The closest the away side came to breaking the deadlock was via an Anton Brown shot, the midfield man found himself in space wide on the left – but was unable to test the keeper after shooting from the edge of the box.
The Boro would have wished he had scored as their task was made so much harder minutes later.
For the second time in successive games Nuneaton were made to play the last 25 minutes with ten-men, this time Armson was the one who was sent to the stands, the Boro number seven adjudged to have led with his elbow in a 50-50 challenge on the halfway line.
Seven days earlier Boro were unable to keep the game goalless when they were a man down, and history repeated itself.
The goal came in the 72nd minute, and there was a touch of fortune when it arrived.
A far-post cross from Jamie Jackson eluded the Boro defence – and Dibble – but got the slightest of touches from James Bolton as it nestled in the far corner of the net.
Dibble had played his part in keeping Boro in the game up until the sending off, but it was the big keeper from Barnsley who was at fault as the home side doubled that lead late on.
A corner from the right was met by Maynard, his header was far from perfect but somehow Dibble lost the flight of the ball and the keeper was left on one-knee as it bounced over him and into the back of the net.
NUNEATON TOWN: Dibble, Starosta (Smith 84), Franklin, Cowan (Stankevicius 75), Streete, Dawson, Anton Brown, Walker, Armson, Gash, Sodje (Barrington 71)
Subs not used: Quinn, Richards.
FC HALIFAX TOWN: Glennon, Roberts, McManus, Roberts, Bolton, Peniket (Jackson 62), Smith (Pearson 83), Schofield (Dyer 67), Boden, Maynard, Hatfield.Subs not used: Senior, Pearson, Williams.