Nuneaton Town 1 Welling Utd 0
Saturday 28th February, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
A win at Gateshead saw it whispered at first, a point at Kidderminster meant the voices got a little louder.
It was this dogged, 1-0 win against relegation-threatened Welling that had fans shouting it from the roof-tops.
The comeback is well and truly on for Nuneaton Town this season.
A little under a month ago the Boro were marooned, cut off at the bottom of the Vanarama Conference with relegation being a case of when and not if.
Fast forward a few weeks though, and everything has changed.
Hope has replaced despair on the terraces as a club that was deemed to be out of sight is threatening to pull off a miracle – but let's not get ahead of ourselves, just yet.
This three points earned is just that, three points that has put the Boro back within touching distance of safety.
They have played more games than those around them though, and have some tricky fixtures still to come but, the Boro fans can afford to smile this week.
A scrappy first half saw Nuneaton ease into the break as the better team, the problem was they had nothing to show for their superiority in the first 45 minutes.
Elliott Whitehouse did go close with a long-range drive just four minutes in, but truth be told, clear cut chances were few and far between.
The second half was a different matter altogether though, as the Boro just blitzed a free-falling Welling.
The half was only four-and-a-half minutes old when Adam Walker struck what proved to be the decisive goal.
He was guilty of missing chance after chance against Kidderminster last weekend, but he took the first one that came to him this time. He was in the right place at the right time to smash the ball home after George Maris had been tackled when through on goal.
Walker had the easy task of getting his body behind the rebound as it ricocheted towards him, the midfielder expertly slotting it home from the edge of the box.
The Boro – and Walker – had their tails up after the goal and only some desperate defending from the visitors stopped one from becoming two not long after.
First Walker saw his goal-bound cross superbly headed off the line by Jamal Fyfield, then he had to watch on again as this time Barney Williams slid in to deny him after his shot looked like it was sneaking in at the back post.
With seven minutes remaining Gus Mafuta was forced off with a nasty looking injury, Jack Nardiello came off the bench to take his place.
Welling offered little in return and only a late flurry of corners in the last five minutes gave the Boro backline any reason to be concerned.
They came through the test though and now they are back in touch with the pack.
NUNEATON: Crocombe, Wheeler, Streete, Dean, Franklin, Walker, Mafuta (Nardiello 83), Whitehouse, Armson, Maris, Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Cowan, Ogleby, Wren, Sodje.
WELLING: Henly, Fyfield, Vose (Akinde 70), Berry, Jeffry, Harris, J Williams, B Williams, Purse, Healy, Dugid (Fagan 62).
Subs not used: Bush, Young, Carmichael.