Nuneaton Town 1 AFC Fylde 1
Tuesday 1st March, 2016;
Boro moved up to third spot in the Vanarama National League North as they came back from 1-0 down to earn a deserved draw with play-off chasing AFC Fylde.
The Boro were forced to play most of the match with just ten men after midfielder David Morgan was shown a straight red in the first half.
Despite the disadvantage, ten-man Nuneaton held their own and leapfrogged above Boston and into third spot.
After a solid start for the home team they were dealt a hammer blow in the 24th minute as David Morgan went straight through Richie Baker on the halfway line – it was to be the last thing the Boro number four did all game as he was immediately given his marching orders.
Boro boss Kevin Wilson quickly moved to rearrange his depleted team as he brought Jack Lane in for Wes McDonald at the back.
Unfortunately Fylde struck almost straight after Lane came on, Danny Rowe flicking a header past Jordan Smith from inside the area.
The same man had an almost identical chance to double the lead not long after, but this time he headed over - Nuneaton were on the ropes with their play-off rivals pushing to put the game to bed.
They failed to do so, though, and the Boro made them pay for that just four minutes into the second half.
Elliott Whitehouse soon showed what he can do in front of goal when the Boro number ten picked the ball up on the edge of the box and powerfully placed a shot past Matt Urwin and into the back of the net.
It heralded a frenzied start to the second half for the home team as they made a mockery of their man disadvantage and put Fylde under some serious pressure.
Boro, like the visitors in the first half, could not make their pressure count, though.
Their pace understandably dropped and as a result Nuneaton began to sit deeper and deeper.
Fylde were more or less invited to press onto the Boro, but Nuneaton dealt with any pressure well.
Jordan Smith was not called into action in any meaningful way as the Boro defence were proving more able than the Fylde attack.
The visitors did create the odd half chance, but nothing to panic the watching 528 fans – meaning Boro moved into third spot ahead of their clash with second placed Harrogate on Saturday.
FT: Nuneaton Town 1 AFC Fylde 1
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, C.Keane (Warburton 89), J.Keane, Rowe-Turner, Byrne, Whitehouse, Morgan, McDonald (Lane 28), Waite (Dawson 61), Ironside.
Subs not used: Duffy, De La Paz.
FYLDE: Urwin, Hughes, Crainey, Langley, Hannigan, Baker, Hughes (Charles 60), Barnes (Blinkhorn 55), Rowe, Dixon, Lloyd (Hardy 65)
Subs not used: Hinchcliffe, Summer.