Macclesfield Town 0 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 21st March, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton turned the league table on its head as they earned three massive points at title chasing Macclesfield.
The win, coupled with a draw between Alfreton and Chester, means Boro have narrowed the gap to seven points with the last month of the season on the horizon.
Despite almost the length of the division separating the two sides Nuneaton gave as good as they got in the early exchanges, just failing in the last third of the pitch.
Defensively Max Crocombe was untested throughout the opening 45 minutes, Gaz Dean and Theo Streete marshalling well in-front of him once again and leaving the on-loan Oxford man with a mere spectator role.
It was at the front-end though, that the Boro lacked the cutting edge, Rhys Taylor – although having more to do than Crocombe – was still not tested truly.
The Boro had chances, George Maris was guilty of missing the most clear-cut, heading wide when a deep cross to the far post found him unmarked. It was not just the Barnsley man who should have done better though.
James Armson also wasted an opportunity, scuffing his volley into the ground before it reached Taylor, the Boro midfielder was well placed before his effort was miscued.
Rob Ogleby also went close, but just like his team mates he could not find the net.
The second half saw the home side come into the game more, their need for points being just as strong as that of Nuneaton.
Dean and Streete ensured that the gung-ho approach from Macclesfield did not convert into chances on goal though, a toe here, a head there, the defensive duo mopping up superbly to snuff out any trouble that came their way.
At the other end the introduction of new-man Lucas Dawson nearly had an immediate impact for Liam Daish, the midfielder's first touch for Boro saw him set himself up on the edge of the box, his second touch sent a shot goalwards that brought a smart save out of Taylor in the Silkmens goal.
Despite the game being far from poor, it was in the last minutes that things really bounced into life.
First, with time ticking away, skipper Theo Streete missed a glorious chance to give the visitors all three points, his one-on-one effort with Taylor saw the keeper coming off best.
But moments later, Taylor was left with no chance as a cross-come-shot from new man Josh Rees looked to be heading wide but substitute Onome Sodje stole in, sliding the ball home to give Nuneaton a well deserved – if unexpected – victory.
NUNEATON TOWN: Crocombe, Franklin, Dean, Streete, Wheeler, Anton Brown, Rees, Armson, Maris (Dawson 66), Ogleby (Cowan 87), Andy Brown (Sodje 79).
Subs not used: Walker, Wren,
MACCLESFIELD TOWN: Taylor, Halls, Audel, Pilkington, Turnbull (Fairhurst 59), Moke (Phenix 46), Bell, Whitaker (Lewis 46), Grant, Barnes-Homer, Bailey-Jones.
Subs not used:, Cowan, , Branagan.