Nuneaton Town 0 Torquay Utd 0
Saturday 14th March, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
There is no doubting it – Boro are a lot more solid than they were at the start of the season – but a lack of goals means they are left staring relegation in the face.
For the fourth successive league match the Boro managed to engineer a shut-out, meaning keeper Max Crocombe has still to concede since he joined the club back in February.
But, it is at the other end that Boro are facing problems, for the second week in a row they were unable to build on their defensive solidarity and barely registered a chance in anger at the Torquay goal.
The first chance they did muster came in the 12th minute as Rob Ogleby showed the turn of pace that could make him a vital cog in the Boro machine.
He burnt past his man from a Max Crocombe goal kick but smashed his half-volleyed effort at a nice height for Martin Rice to punch clear.
That chance did not herald the beginning of an open, end-to-end encounter, instead it stood out as a rare bright spot in an otherwise poor first half.
With seconds to go until half-time it was upstaged as the best moment of the half though, as Max Crocombe pulled off two fantastic stops in a matter of minutes to keep his side level.
First he came out well and used his feet to deny John Cambpell when the Torquay man was one-on-one.
Then, from the resulting corner the Boro stopper pulled off arguably the save of the season as he somehow managed to get a hand to a fantastic Courtney Richards volley, getting enough behind it to tip it over the bar.
The second half was a non-affair chances wise as neither side seemed able to break down their opponent.
George Maris had the best of the few chances that were created, the Boro man was fed through by Andy Brown late-on, but he could only manage to fire his effort straight at Rice.
How costly that missed chance will be – with Alfreton, Southport and Welling all winning, is anyone's guess – but with the gap now standing at eight points, and with tough games to come, the Boro are going to need to do more than just shut teams out if they are to survive in the Vanarama Conference Premier.
NUNEATON TOWN: Crocombe, Wheeler, Dean, Streete, Franklin, Walker, Armson, Anton Brown, Maris, Ogleby (Sodje 33), Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Cowan, Quinn, Smith, Wren.
TORQUAY UTD: Rice, Downes, Briscoe (Ajala 53), Young, Bowman, Richards, MacDonald (Pearce 61), Ives, Gueguen, Dawson, Campbell (Reid 90)
Subs not used: Harding, Chapell.