Nuneaton Town 4 AFC Telford Utd 4
Friday 26th December, 2014
Match report courtesy of Coventry Telegraph;
Liam Daish's side were left ruing defensive mistakes as they failed to secure a vital three points against the team at the bottom of the table
The Bucks scored twice in stoppage time to salvage a draw in an extraordinary encounter at a snow-hit James Parnell Stadium.
In a game littered with errors, goal-mouth scrambles and missed opportunities, the best was saved until the final 20 minutes.
James Armson had scored twice to add to goals from Adam Dawson and Onome Sodje as Boro twice came from behind and appeared to be coasting to a vital win in this relegation battle.
But Sam Smith headed his second as the game move into added time and, before the dust had settled, Sean Cooke thumped in from 35 yards.
Smith made the initial breakthrough after six minutes with a low shot Callum Burton will feel he should have done better with.
But on a day of mistakes a clumsy challenge by Mike Grogan on Michael Gash handed Armson the chance to slam home the resulting penalty four minutes before the break.
Telford were back in front three minutes after the interval when Adam Farrell squeezed the ball past Burton at his near post from the tightest of angles.
Adam Dawson, Boro’s best player on the day, levelled with a free-kick that squirmed out of Jonathan Hedge’s hands, through his legs and over the goal line.
Armson then put the home side ahead when Telford made a hash of clearing another Dawson cross, allowing the midfielder to steer a low shot into the bottom corner.
Sodje’s perseverance resulted in a fourth, hustling Neil Byrne off Theo Streete’s hopeful ball forward and calmly slotting past Hedge.
Armson then lashed a great chance for a hat-trick over, but it appeared not to matter until Boro switched off, allowing Cooke and Ryan Higgins to take a corner quickly and feed the ball in for Smith to score from close range.
Then straight from the kick-off Boro gave the ball away and Cooke made them pay with a stunning strike which flew past Burton.
Boro: Burton, Franklin, Cowan, Walker, Armson, Dawson (Quinn 87), Streete, Smith, Anton Brown, Gash, Sodje.
Subs not used: Starosta, Kavanagh, Fowler, Richards