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Nuneaton Town First Team - Match centre

Gainsborough Trinity
Nuneaton Town
Full time
J Nicholson (17')
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 463

Gainsborough Trinity 0 Nuneaton Town 1

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Nuneaton Town won consecutive league games for the first time this season as Jordan Nicholson's 17th minute goal proved the difference on a bitterly cold afternoon in Lincolnshire.

The result leaves Gainsborough Trinity deep in the drop zone and helps the Boro' climb further away from danger. Dino Maamria's side managed to pick up six points in the space of four days after their home win against Harrogate Town on Tuesday.

The pattern for the day was set early with James Ferry and Luther Wildin causing problems down the right hand side from the off. Clear cut chances were difficult to come by though as Gainsborough defended well every time the Boro' worked their way in to the penalty area. Nicholson did eventually find a chink in the armour, converting Ferry's ball across the box. Ashley Chambers' neat flick had released Ferry down the right and Nicholson fired home from his pull back.

Gainsborough's first sight of goal was excellently blocked but Michael Jacklin had been flagged offside anyway. Moments later Lee Beevers' defensive error was seized upon by Chambers, but, Henrich Ravas, who was in excellent form, got out well to block the pacey forward's shot, sparing Beevers' blushes. Trinity had their first spell of sustained possession as half time approached, but it ended with Shane Clarke's effort going out for a Nuneaton throw-in.

Ravas was called upon once again as Chambers latched on to another clearance, the Derby County loanee raced off his line to block once more, beating away Daniel Nti's follow-up also. Moments later and it was Nicholson's turn to be frustrated by Ravas, as he produced a string of fine saves to keep his side in the game.

Nicholson had a strong penalty shout denied early in the second half as he appeared to be pulled back. It was the second time that Referee Steven Copeland waved away Boro' claims as Nti lloked to have been felled in the area late in the first half. Nti was the next player to be frustrated by Ravas, a 1-2 between himself and Tom Elliott left the winger through on goal but Trinity's shot stopper did exactly that. On the hour mark Elliott's rising blast was tipped over by Ravas as he single-handedly kept his team within touching distance.

Ryan Beswick, returning from his three match suspension, saw his powerful drive turned away by Ravas and moments later he was on hand to save at his near post from Nicholson. With 20 minutes to play Nuneaton remained on the front foot, searching for a second goal that would secure the points. Nicholson and Nti linked up well with Ravas, again, saving from the latter. Ashley Worsfold looked like Trinity's best route back in to the match but Dean Lyness bravely denied him with ten minutes to play, snatching the ball off his toes when he was through on goal.

Lyness came to the rescue once more in the closing moments, snatching Worsfold looping header as it looked like it was going to drop in for a scarcely deserved equaliser. After four minutes of stoppage time Copeland blew his whistle to signal the end of what could have been a landslide victory for the Boro' were it not for Ravas' Man of the Match performance. The victory lifts Nuneaton to 15th in the National League North, a world away from the 21st place they were in this time last week.

Key moments

17:00
Goal Jordan Nicholson scores for Nuneaton Town

Highlights

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87:00 Sub On
Billy Daniels is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
87:00 Sub Off
James Ferry is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
86:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Worsfold has a shot saved for Gainsborough Trinity
83:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Johnson is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town
79:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Worsfold has a shot saved for Gainsborough Trinity
76:00 Yellow Card
Ellis Storey is yellow carded for Gainsborough Trinity
72:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Nti has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
69:00 Saved Shot
Jordan Nicholson has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
68:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Beswick has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
67:00 Missed Shot
Liam King misses a shot for Gainsborough Trinity
65:00 Sub Off
Curtis Bateson is substituted off for Gainsborough Trinity
65:00 Sub On
Ellis Storey is substituted on for Gainsborough Trinity
65:00 Sub On
Alex Simmons is substituted on for Gainsborough Trinity
65:00 Sub Off
Shane Clarke is substituted off for Gainsborough Trinity
59:00 Saved Shot
Tom Elliott has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
56:00 Blocked Shot
Daniel Nti has a shot blocked for Nuneaton Town
46:00 Sub Off
Nathan Stainfield is substituted off for Gainsborough Trinity
46:00 Sub On
Ioan Evans is substituted on for Gainsborough Trinity
End of period 1
44:00 Saved Shot
Jordan Nicholson has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
43:00 Missed Shot
Shane Clarke misses a shot for Gainsborough Trinity
42:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Chambers has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
42:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Nti has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
36:00 Blocked Shot
Shane Clarke has a shot blocked for Gainsborough Trinity
32:00 Saved Shot
Ashley Chambers has a shot saved for Nuneaton Town
17:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jordan Nicholson scores for Nuneaton Town
17:00 Assist
James Ferry makes an assist for Nuneaton Town
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As it happened

  • Gainsborough Trinity
  • Nuneaton Town
  • 0
  • Jordan Nicholson Goal 17:00'
  • James Ferry Assist 17:00'
  • Nathan Stainfield Sub Off 46:00'
  • Ioan Evans Sub On 46:00'
  • Shane Clarke Sub Off 65:00'
  • Alex Simmons Sub On 65:00'
  • Curtis Bateson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ellis Storey Sub On 65:00'
  • Ellis Storey Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Ryan Johnson Yellow Card 83:00'
  • James Ferry Sub Off 87:00'
  • Billy Daniels Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Gainsborough Trinity
  • 1. Henrich Ravas
  • 2. Michael Jacklin
  • 3. Lee Beevers
  • 4. Shane Clarke
  • 5. Nathan Stainfield
  • 6. Jordan Richards
  • 7. Craig King
  • 8. Liam King
  • 9. Bradley Wells
  • 10. Ashley Worsfold
  • 11. Curtis Bateson
  • 12. Alex Simmons
  • 13. Ioan Evans
  • 14. Simon Russell
  • 15. Adam Smith
  • 16. Ellis Storey

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