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Nuneaton Town First Team - Match centre

Nuneaton Town
FC Halifax Town
A Williams (4'), K Langmead (74')
Full time
Sat 6 Aug 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 993

Boro 2 - Halifax 3

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Opening Day Defeat For Boro;

NUNEATON Town saw their season get off to the worse possible start as an error from keeper Dean Snedker – plus some set-piece problems – allowed Tom Denton get an opening day hat-trick as title favourites Halifax took all the points at the Coombe Abbey Arena.
Nuneaton had brought in a number of players throughout the summer, but it was a familiar problem that came back to haunt them early on as the first corner they faced this season ended in the first goal conceded.
It was Tom Denton who grabbed it, powering home a header past Dean Snedker, it was all too easy for the former North Ferriby United man, though, as Nuneaton's inability to deal with set-pieces reared its ugly head again.
Despite the goal coming before three minutes had been played the Boro did not let their heads drop – far from it – as within two minutes they were level.
It was on-loan Aaron Williams who got it, putting his head bravely into the mix from a chipped free-kick, the Peterborough man grabbing his first Nuneaton goal since leaving the club earlier in the year.
Both teams were going toe-to-toe at this stage as the first 15 minutes became a series of attacks and counter attacks – no further goals were to come from it, though.
The pace dropped dramatically after that as the 25 degree heat began to take its toll, Halifax resorted to looking to feed Denton with aerial balls while Nuneaton looked to utilise the likes of William and Shaq McDonald on the wings.
Half time was always going to be crucial as both teams looked to regroup, what Nuneaton did not want was to concede quickly again after the break – but thanks to keeper Snedker that is exactly what happened.
The half was just eight minutes old when he inexplicably allowed a Denton shot, a loose use of the term shot, to dribble between his legs and ease over the line. It was a huge mistake from a player who was only officially signed to the club this week.
The goal instantly gave life to Halifax once again as before the hour mark they were celebrating again – thanks to Denton again – as once again the big man up top took full advantage of some slack marking from a set-piece to tower another header into the back of the net.
Nuneaton looked down and out at this stage, but there is a lot of character in this young team. They showed that in the form of their captain and leader Kelvin Langmead as he netted a goal on his debut with a fantastic diving header to draw his team back within touching distance of the Shaymen.
The goal although impressive in nature, failed to ignite the desired comeback as Halifax eased through to an opening day three point haul.

The Boro will not be playing the likes of Halifax and Denton every week, but they will need to improve nonetheless otherwise a title challenge against the likes of the Shaymen will not materialise this season….

NUNEATON TOWN: Snedker, Clifton, Nicholson, Langmead, Keane, Morgan, Tempest, Scott (Daniels 69), McDonald, Williams, Moli (Shorthouse 69)
Subs not used: Wheatley, Demkiv, Ironside.

HALIFAX TOWN: Drench, Moyo, Wilde, Roberts, Hone, Garner, MacDonald (Sinnott 63), Hatte, Denton, Burrow (Hibbs 75), Peniket.
Subs not used: Nicholson, Hughes, Hibbs, Koslyo.

Match Report Courtesy Of Chris Philpotts @ Trinity Mirror

Key moments

4:00
Goal Aaron Williams scores for Nuneaton Town
74:00
Goal Kelvin Langmead scores for Nuneaton Town

Highlights

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74:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kelvin Langmead scores for Nuneaton Town
74:00 Assist
Luke Shorthouse makes an assist for Nuneaton Town
69:00 Sub Off
Kristian Scott is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
69:00 Sub On
Billy Daniels is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
69:00 Sub Off
David Moli is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
69:00 Sub On
Luke Shorthouse is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
End of period 1
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Aaron Williams scores for Nuneaton Town
4:00 Assist
Shaq McDonald makes an assist for Nuneaton Town
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As it happened

  • Nuneaton Town
  • FC Halifax Town
  • 0
  • Aaron Williams Goal 4:00'
  • Shaq McDonald Assist 4:00'
  • Kristian Scott Sub Off 69:00'
  • Billy Daniels Sub On 69:00'
  • David Moli Sub Off 69:00'
  • Luke Shorthouse Sub On 69:00'
  • Kelvin Langmead Goal 74:00'
  • Luke Shorthouse Assist 74:00'

Team selection

Snedker, Dean Snedker, Dean
Clifton, James Clifton, James
Nicholson, Jordan Nicholson, Jordan
Williams, Aaron Williams, Aaron
Langmead, Kelvin Langmead, Kelvin
Keane, Jordan Keane, Jordan
Scott, Kristian Scott, Kristian
Morgan, David Morgan, David
Moli, David Moli, David
Tempest, Greg Tempest, Greg
McDonald, Shaq McDonald, Shaq
Nuneaton Town
  • 1. Dean Snedker
  • 2. James Clifton
  • 3. Jordan Nicholson
  • 4. Kelvin Langmead (c)
  • 5. Jordan Keane
  • 6. Kristian Scott
  • 7. Greg Tempest
  • 8. David Morgan
  • 9. Aaron Williams
  • 10. David Moli
  • 11.
  • 11. Shaq McDonald
  • 12. Jordan Wheatley
  • 13. Daniel Demkiv
  • 14. Joe Ironside
  • 15. Billy Daniels
  • 16. Luke Shorthouse

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