Nuneaton Town 0 Solihull Moors 1
Saturday 2nd January, 2016:
Solihull made it a festive double over Nuneaton as a Jack Byrne goal gave the visitors the victory.
In the Boxing Day defeat it was the Boro who enjoyed the better start as they dominated the first half. This time it was Solihull who were the quicker of the two sides out of the blocks.
The visitors played the opening ten minutes with plenty of vigour, but only had the one half chance for Adam Walker to show for it, as the former Boro man blasted his effort straight at Jordan Smith from a difficult angle.
After that Nuneaton took over, as they did in the first half at Damson Park on Boxing Day, as Boro dominated
Much like Solihull, though, Nuneaton could not make that ascendancy pay, as Aaron Williams had a chance that he blazed over, David Morgan shot straight at Ben Siegrist and Elliott Whitehouse did the same when well placed on the edge of the box.
The best chance of the half fell to Marlon Harewood as his half volley looked like it could be the one to break the deadlock, but Siegrist tipped the shot round the post when it looked to be burying itself in the corner of the net.
Nuneaton began the second half well, but not with the same control they ended the first as Solihull began to make more of a fight of it.
There were no real clear cut chances though as both sides probed for a weakness, but when it was finally found it was from a high ball into the Boro box.
The Boro defence failed to deal with the delivery as both Andy Brown and James Armson caused problems, the ball eventually fell to Jack Byrne who was able to slot home for a simple finish.
Solihull are a team built on defensive stability and after scoring they retreated behind that wall as they seemed content to let the Boro come onto them.
It was a dangerous tactic as Nuneaton began to push forward, Aaron Williams seeing his effort from inside the box saved down low by Siegirst, while the Moors keeper did even better minutes later to stop a Shane Byrne shot from the edge of the box.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Lyttle, J.Keane, Lane, Morgan, Chettle (Byrne 56), Reid (Daniels 75), Whitehouse, Harewood (Duffy 56) Williams.
Subs not used: De La Paz, Tshimanga.
SOLIHULL MOORS: Siegrist, Nottingham, Gough (Leslie 46), Daly, Streete, Dean, Armson, Byrne, Brown, Beswick, Walker (Knights 64)
Subs not used: Bignot, Moore, Asante.