Nuneaton Town 3 Tamworth 0
Monday 28th December, 2015;
Boro got back to winning ways – and in emphatic style – as they rolled over rivals Tamworth for a comprehensive derby day victory.
Two first half goals from Marlon Harewood got things going in a match that Nuneaton were back to their best in – a welcome sign with Solihull next up at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
After going four without a win in the league the Boro could have been forgiven for being somewhat anxious going into a Bank Holiday fixture against their near neighbours. But it did not pan out like that as Boro flew out of the blocks and were in control from the off.
Nuneaton started brightly and were rewarded for their efforts with the opening goal in just the eighth minute.
They had gone close with six minutes on the clock as James Reid skimmed an effort just wide of the far post, but two minutes later there was no mistake as a surging run down the right flank from Callum Chetttle ended with a lovely ball into the box that Marlon Harewood finished emphatically.
After the frustration of Boxing Day the home side were certainly letting off a bit of steam in the early exchanges as Tamworth had no answer to wave after wave of Boro attacks.
They were denied the chance to make it 2-0 in the 12th minute as Elliott Whitehouse was brought down by Stephen Tomassen for what looked like a stonewall penalty – it was not given, though.
The Boro were not to be denied for long, though, as on 17 minutes they did get that deserved second goal. Shane Byrne was afforded acres of room on the edge of the Tamworth area and with that he sent a low shot goal wards.
It took a big deflection which stopped it reaching Belshaw – but it did find Harewood – and the former Nottingham Forest man did not waste the chance as he lifted it over the advancing keeper and into the back of the net.
The Boro slipped into cruise control after the second as they continued to enjoy the better of the play and that pattern continued into the second half.
When they did apply pressure on the visitors they looked vulnerable and it came as no surprise that when Nuneaton upped the ante a third goal soon followed.
It came from the returning James Reid – and it was a beauty – as he smashed home a free-kick on the edge of the box, one that Belshaw had no chance of stopping.
Belshaw had to deal with a Jack Lane header not long after, and he did superbly well to tip it over the bar, while at the other end Jordan Smith did not get a chance to show what he could do as Tamworth failed to threaten as an attacking entity.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Lyttle, J.Keane, Lane, Byrne, Chettle, Reid (Morgan 71), Whitehouse, Harewood (Duffy 57), Tshimanga (Williams 57).
Subs not used: De La Paz, Daniels.
TAMWORTH: Belshaw, Burns, Strong, Fowler (Davies 70), Tomassen, Preston, Durrell (Hubbins 70), Clarke, Dyer (Taylor 19), Mettam, Green.
Subs not used: Heaton, Smith.