Lowestoft Town 0 Nuneaton Town 1
Tuesday 18th August, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton made it four wins out of four as they made the miles count with a fantastic 1-0 win over Lowestoft Town.
The perfect start for the Boro did not look like it would be maintained in the first half as it was the home side who made the more lively of starts – and they were nearly rewarded for it twice within the opening 15 minutes.
First it took a cultured tackle from Jordan Keane to steal the ball off the toes of Jake Reed after the Lowestoft frontman had danced through the Boro defence, then just minutes later it was keeper Jordan Smith who was needed to deny him, the on-loan Forest man getting down low and fast to get a strong hand to a cross-shot from the angle of the box.
The first real chance Nuneaton had on goal didn't come until the 27th minute and it was Marlon Harewood who had it, smashing the ball wide from just inside the box. The former West Ham man was under pressure with it, though.
It was the home side who were the team in control, however, so it was no surprise that the next clear cut chance came from them.
This time it was Chris Henderson who was spectacularly denied, his shot on the turn from ten yards out cannoned off one of a number of Boro bodies in the six-yard box, flying just inches wide of Smith's far post.
The half-time break was a welcome one for Nuneaton as they regrouped and came out stronger after the restart.
Aaron Williams had a great chance almost straight from the off, but he was denied well by Jake Jessup when one-on-one.
Then just moments later Harewood won the ball back off the Lowestoft defence, charging down a rebounded clearance, his ball across the box was a good one but there was nobody on-hand to tap in the chance.
The Boro learnt their lesson from that chance in the 60th minute as Williams was on hand to do what strikers do best – and poach the opening goal from just under the crossbar.
The chance came after a cross from the right from James Clifton, and Williams made sure he was right on the spot to convert it.
In a real game of two halves it was Nuneaton who were the team with their tails up, they went close twice more with David Morgan and Harewood both sending fizzing low shots that Jessup had to do well with on a wet pitch.
Chances were not clear cut, though, as the game was being won and lost in midfield as much as anything.
In the end Nuneaton didn't need to create anything else as the Williams goal was enough to give them all three points.
NUNEATON: J.Smith, Clifton, J.Keane, Maguire, Lane, Reid (C.Keane 77), Chettle, Morgan, Byrne, Harewood (Duffy 77), Williams.
Subs not used: Dyer, R.Smith, Canavan.
LOWESTOFT: Jessup, Barker, Smith (Woods-Garness 85), Fisk, Ainsley, Jarvis, Okay (Eagle 74), Reed, Crow, Henderson.
Subs not used: Bammant, Mason, Garnham.