Stockport County 1 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 16th January, 2016;
Boro had to settle for a draw in a match they looked comfortable in for the majority of the game.
Stockport started well, and finished with a bang, but for at least two-thirds of this Vanarama National League North clash Boro were the better side, but failed to take home the points to prove it.
Stockport had been on a poor run in the league over the last month, but after the resignation of former boss Neil Young in the week a resurgent showing was expected.
It looked like it would come early on as the home side played with purpose, but were unable to test Boro keeper Jordan Smith throughout that time.
It was a surprise then, after an inconspicuous start, that it was Boro who broke the deadlock in the 20th minute.
Rob Duffy was the scorer, and an easier goal he will never net.
A free-kick from the halfway line was pumped into the Stockport half where, for some reason, debutant keeper Dean Henderson decided to come for it on the edge of the box.
He was nowhere near collecting it, though, which allowed Duffy to simply head it over the stranded number one and into the back of the net.
The wind was somewhat taken out of the Hatters sail after that and despite having a couple of long-distance shots, they never looked like troubling the Boro.
HT: Stockport County 0 Nuneaton Town 1
With the snow coming down Stockport came out for the second half hoping to start it like they did the first.
The Boro were happy though as the momentum from the first 45 minutes followed them into the second half.
They once again nullified the County threat, and lining up with a flat 4-4-2, they managed to get wide and cause the home side a problem or two themselves.
It was from those wide areas that Nuneaton could have doubled their lead on the hour mark.
James Clifton darted down the right hand side, before cutting in and unleashing a stunning shot that only just fizzed over the crossbar.
It was the only real chance of note for the majority of what was a scrappy second period, the teams battling against the conditions as much as one another.
John Marsden had a half chance and Karl Ledsham also had an effort, but nothing for the Boro keeper Jordan Smith to really worry about.
That all changed in the 86th minute, though, as Stockport managed to break through what had been a resolute Boro backline with devastating results.
It was a simple ball from back to front that did the damage as it was nodded on through the Boro defence right in to the path of Delial Brewster who closed in one-on-one with Smith, before rounding him and slotting home into an empty net.
It was to be the final chance of a match that Nuneaton really should have won, but one they will be glad to have taken something out of.
FT: Stockport County 1 Nuneaton Town 1
STOCKPORT COUNTY: Henderson, Morton, Garvin, Smalley, O'Hanlon, Montrose, Menagh (Odejayi 64), Rule (Evans 87) , Brewster, Marsden, Ledsham (Russell. 87).
Subs not used: Ormson, Tonge.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Lyttle, Lane, J.Keane, Morgan, Chettle (McFarlane 84), Byrne, C.Keane (Reid 84), Williams, Duffy (Harewood 73)
Subs not used: , Maguire, Daniels.