Nuneaton Town 3 North Ferriby Utd 1
Saturday 31st October, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton Town avenged their FA Cup exit at the hands of North Ferriby United by making it nine points out of nine with a 3-1 win over the Villagers at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
It was a result that was never really in doubt – not a surprise really considering Ferriby played 120 minutes and endured a penalty shoot-out in the cup only days before – but nevertheless there was a job to do and the Boro did it well.
The game was just four minutes old when the Boro broke the deadlock and unsurprisingly it was Aaron Williams who did the damage.
The former Rushall man, who was awarded his England C cap on the pitch before the game, was once again in the right place at the right time as he connected to a Cieron Keane cross from the left hand side and toe-poked it into the roof of the net, leaving Adam Nicklin with no chance.
North Ferriby were not given a chance to get into their stride thanks to the speed which Nuneaton started the game.
It was no surprise then when Williams doubled the lead after 22 minutes, this time the sharpshooter controlled a deep cross from David Morgan before turning his man and slotting it past Nicklin.
Nuneaton had almost strolled to the two-goal lead, and they did not have to get out of second gear to add a third before the half time whistle went.
Once again it was a hopeful ball into the box that did the damage, this time from Shane Byrne, but instead of Williams turning it home it was Rob Duffy, who made it four goals from his last three games with a nice headed finish from inside the six-yard box.
Nuneaton did not need to exert themselves at all to gain such a commanding lead, and perhaps complacency crept in, as the second half was only minutes old when the Boro were caught overplaying in front of their own box, the ball eventually falling to Adam Bolder who rifled it low and hard past Jordan Smith and into the bottom corner of the net.
That goal was not the start of a spirited comeback, far from it, it was more a reminder that the Boro could not afford to sit-back if they were to complete the job.
They regained their composure superbly and despite not threatening to add to their lead during what was a low-key second-half, they never looked like losing it either, making it three straight wins since manager Kevin Wilson moved from five at the back to four in his first big switch as Boro boss.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Maguire, Lane, C.Keane, Morgan, Chettle (Reid 88), Byrne, Daniels (Dyer 72), Williams, Duffy (Harewood 77).
Subs not used: De La Paz, J.Keane
NORTH FERRIBY UNITED: Nicklin, Topliss, Wilde (Middleton 59), King, Palmer, Gray, Clarke (Emerton 43), Fry (Armstrong 16) Denton, Bolder, Bateson.
Subs not used: Nicholson, Kendall.