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Nuneaton Town First Team - Match centre

Harrogate Town
Nuneaton Town
G Thomson (17'), J Thewlis (60', 66'), S Ainge (82' Pen)
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Disappointing day for Boro...

NUNEATON Town started their season off on the wrong foot, falling to a 4-0 defeat away to Harrogate Town. George Thompson's first half header got the ball rolling for the hosts before a Jordan Thewlis second half brace and a late Simon Ainge penalty rounded off the scoring. Whilst Harrogate were deserved victors, the scoreline flattered the hosts as Boro' fought all the way to the final whistle.

Ashley Chambers had the first chance of the game, shooting high and wide from the edge of the box in the second minute. Harrogate employed a tactic of crowding the goal line from set pieces and it worked to great effect in the 16th minute as Thompson's header from the far post found its way through a crowd to open the scoring.

Neither team was able to create much in the way of clear cut chances as the wind played a part in a physical battle. Harrogate looked more comfortable on the artificial surface, as Ryan Beswick picked up a caution for a high challenge on an awkward bounce. Both goalkeepers were virtual spectators in a half devoid of goal scoring opportunities with Tyrell Belford, in the Boro' goal, made the only save of the half from a weak Thewlis effort.

Harrogate Town 4 Nuneaton Town 0 (05.08.17)
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Chambers arguably had the best chance of the first period as Brad Gascoigne advanced out of the centre of defence and picked out the pacy forward with a perfectly placed direct ball. Chambers rounded James Belshaw in the home goal, but could only find the side netting from a tight angle as a couple of defenders got themselves back on the goal line.

The second period started slowly and Boro' manager, Tommy Wright, wasted little time before ringing the changes. Off came midfielders Beswick and Kristian Scott, both of whom had been booked in the first half, to replaced by the, recently signed, Jordan Nicholson and rising star, Michael Tweed. It was Harrogate that looked most likely to score though, Belford saved smartly at the feet of one attacker, but he was offside anyway, moments before Ainge hit the crossbar with strong headed effort.

Boro' were punished once again to hour-mark as they failed to clear a corner. Ben Middleton shot from the edge of the area was blocked but fell kindly to Thewlis on the goalline, who was able to walk the ball in. Thewlis added to his tally just six minutes later, from another set piece, as Joe Leesley fired in a free kick that he got the slightest of touches on as it went across the goal and in to the far corner.

Niall Heaton had Nuneaton's first effort on target, coming in the 67th minute, his header was easily taken by Belshaw. With 74 minutes gone Wright made his final change, Danny Brenan coming on to replace Callum Ball, switching the formation and going with three at the back. Moments later Belford made a good save, getting down well to deny Jack Emmett, who shot low to the keeper's right.

The change in formation helped Boro' push forward, with Brady Hickey firing a couple of long range shots in that forced Belshaw in to action. Harrogate weren't finished though, and proved a constant threat on the break. Brennan was adjudged to have brought down Emmett in the area with Referee Thomas Parsons not hesitating to point to the spot. Ainge stepped up and fired straight down the middle to make it four nil on 82 minutes.

With the game lost Boro' pushed hard for a consolation goal, substitutes Tweed and Nicholson forced Belshaw into action and gave Wright food for thought as he looks towards Nuneaton's first home game of the season on Tuesday, a 19:45 kick-off against Kidderminster Harriers at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium.

Key moments

Goal George Thomson scores for Harrogate Town
Goal Jordan Thewlis scores for Harrogate Town
Goal Jordan Thewlis scores for Harrogate Town
Scored Penalty Simon Ainge scores a penalty for Harrogate Town

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82:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 0
Simon Ainge scores a penalty for Harrogate Town
74:00 Sub Off
Callum Ball is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
74:00 Sub On
Daniel Brenan is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
67:00 Saved Shot
Niall Heaton has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
66:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jordan Thewlis scores for Harrogate Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Courtney Wildin is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town
60:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Thewlis scores for Harrogate Town
53:00 Sub Off
Kristian Scott is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
53:00 Sub On
Michael Tweed is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
53:00 Sub Off
Ryan Beswick is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
53:00 Sub On
Jordan Nicholson is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
End of period 1
30:00 Yellow Card
Kristian Scott is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town
20:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Beswick is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
George Thomson scores for Harrogate Town
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As it happened

  • Harrogate Town
  • Nuneaton Town
  • 0
  • George Thomson Goal 17:00'
  • Ryan Beswick Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Kristian Scott Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Kristian Scott Sub Off 53:00'
  • Michael Tweed Sub On 53:00'
  • Ryan Beswick Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jordan Nicholson Sub On 53:00'
  • Jordan Thewlis Goal 60:00'
  • Courtney Wildin Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jordan Thewlis Goal 66:00'
  • Callum Ball Sub Off 74:00'
  • Daniel Brenan Sub On 74:00'
  • Simon Ainge Scored Penalty 82:00'

Team selection

Belford, Tyrell Belford, Tyrell
Trotman, Luke Trotman, Luke
Wildin, Courtney Wildin, Courtney
Hickey, Brady Hickey, Brady
Scott, Kristian Scott, Kristian
Gascoigne, Brad-Lee Gascoigne, Brad-Lee
Heaton, Niall Heaton, Niall
Daniels, Billy Daniels, Billy
Chambers, Ashley Chambers, Ashley
Ball, Callum Ball, Callum
Beswick, Ryan Beswick, Ryan
Nuneaton Town
Harrogate Town
  • 1. George Thomson
  • 2. Jordan Thewlis
  • 3. Simon Ainge
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