Forest Green Rovers 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 31st January, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
It is starting to sound like a broken record this season isn’t it.
Nuneaton start the game well, but go behind as their opponents take advantage of a half chance somewhere.
Nuneaton bounce back, but are unable to create a telling chance of their own – end result – another defeat for the Boro.
Saturday’s game against Forest Green was no different as once again Liam Daish was forced to watch his team take no points from a game they held their own in at times.
True, the first half was far from impressive from the men in blue and white and Forest Green were well worth their lead at the break.
But, for the second 45 minutes at least, Boro were more than a match for big spending Rovers and few in the ground would have been complaining had the Boro managed to earn a point.
They didn’t though, and that is largely because of a poor start in the first 20 minutes on Saturday.
The game was only five minutes old when Jon Parkin showed what a dangerous opponent he can be.
The towering frontman showing his undoubted talent by swivelling and sending a fantastic 30-yard effort goalwards on the turn, it was a shot that skimmed the woodwork as it fired just wide of Christian Dibble’s left hand post.
The Forest Green number 20 was always going to be the man to watch for the Boro, and it was no surprise when the opening goal came from his boot in the 19th minute.
Parkin found space in the area before slamming home past Dibble – the goal ironically coming when Nuneaton were enjoying their best spell of the game so far.
Parkin was involved in everything the home team were creating, his superb ball out wide found Elliott Frear, but his cross saw Stuart Fleetwood denied well by Dibble in the Boro goal.
Boro boss Liam Daish obviously had strong words for his team at the break as they came out fighting in the second half.
Nuneaton bossed the opening 15 minutes after the restart – but crucially were not able to create any telling chances with the possession they enjoyed.
In fact it took until the 78th minute for Sam Russell to be tested in the home goal, the keeper had to be at his very best as substitute James Armson sent a fantastic drilled effort goalwards from just outside the box.
It proved to be the last chance either side managed to create in the game – meaning it is now the whole month of January – and thus 2015 so far – that Nuneaton have failed to score a goal in.
Liam Daish will be hoping that statistic changes soon or it will be a year that ends with Boro in the Conference North.
NUNEATON TOWN: Dibble, Smith, Dean, Streete, Franklin, Mafuta, Whitehouse, Ogleby (Armson 60), Sodje (Nardiello 77), Andy Brown, Maris (Walker 78).
Subs not used: Walker, Cowan, Anton Brown.
FOREST GREEN: Russell, Clough, Wedgbury, Fleetwood (Marwood 63), Kelly, Kamjdo, Racine, Guthrie (Norwood 63), Frear, Sinclair (Pipe 82), Parkin.
Subs not used: Pipe, Arnold, Coles.