Southport 0 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 7th March, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph - Pictures by Simon Kimber;
As a centre-back hewn from granite and constructed of steel in his own playing days, Liam Daish could appreciate the unbreakable defending on show at Haig Avenue.
But as a manager whose side needs wins to haul themselves out of the relegation mire, the Nuneaton Town boss was also left to rue the lack of match-winning quality in the opposition box.
Battling Boro defended for their lives and on most occasions a hard-fought away-day point would be celebrated. Make no mistake, this was another sign that Daish’s men are getting stronger and stronger and they are now four games unbeaten in the Conference Premier.
With Gaz Dean outstanding, they chalked up a third clean sheet in four games but Southport, just above the drop zone, could feel the happier as they kept the gap to their third-from-bottom rivals to six points.
“I think it could have been more than a point for us at the end,” said Daish.
“It was one of those games at this time of year where the pitch is bobbly, there’s a strong wind and it’s hard to get that little bit of quality.
“To be fair to both sides, there was some resolute defending out there. Players from both teams put their bodies on the line when they had to and sometimes we don’t give enough credit to the way teams defend.”
Boro have won the fewest number of points on their travels of any team in non-League’s top tier and Southport have the league’s second worst home record, so a goalless draw was perhaps no surprise.
A blustery wind and tricky pitch didn’t help either side but Boro could have grabbed the winner in stoppage time, only for Rob Ogleby to drag a shot across goal and a George Maris corner was scrambled clear.
Headers from Dean and Adam Walker flew off target and Anton Brown fired too high, while Southport keeper Peter Brezovan saved from a Maris free-kick.
At the other end, Boro keeper Max Crocombe was also in action to deny Richard Brodie, while Charlie Joyce was off target with a long-range effort and Luke Foster headed wide.
Southport: Brezovan; Challoner, Foster, Connor, Beesley; George; Donnelly; Joyce, Kay (Paul Smith, 72), Rutherford (McCarthy, 58); Brodie.
Subs not used: Lloyd-Weston, Fitzpatrick, Davies.
Nuneaton: Crocombe; Smith, Streete, Dean, Franklin; Whitehouse, Anton Brown; Armson (Sodje, 90), Walker (Ogleby, 70), Maris; Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Cowan, Quinn, Wren.