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Nuneaton Town First Team - Match centre

Curzon Ashton
Nuneaton Town
O Thornley (16'), J Baillie (66' Pen)
Full time
L Wildin (41'), K Langmead (91')
Mon 16 Apr 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 173

Curzon Ashton 2 Nuneaton Town 2 (16.04.2018)


Boro' get back on track after Salford defeat...

Nuneaton Town snatched a dramatic late point with Kelvin Langmead's superb volley levelling the score in stoppage time. The Boro' came from behind twice as Curzon Ashton pressed hard, desperately looking for the three points that would virtually assure their survival. Oliver Thornley's powerful strike opened the scoring for the Nash with Luther Wildin levelling before the half-time break. James Baillie's penalty looked to have won it before Langmead's late show.

Boro' played the ball around well in the opening 15 minutes but neither side created much in the way of clear cut chances until Thornley was picked out with a crossfield pass that found him in acres of space on the right. The full back had too much time and was able to drive on to the edge of the box and unleash a fierce effort that left Ross Etheridge no chance as it cannoned in off the far post.

Ashley Chambers had a chance to level soon afterwards but Cameron Mason made an excellent save to keep his side ahead. Curzon lost their top-scorer, Niall Cummins, as a Niall Heaton clearance hit him full in the face from point-blank range. The powerful forward was stopped in his tracks and pulled up lame before having a spell of treatment on the sideline. Ben Wharton was thrown on to replace him just before the half hour mark.

Curzon Ashton 2 Nuneaton Town 2 (16.04.18)
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Langmead had a sight of goal as he headed wide from a free kick as Nuneaton were pushing hard for an equaliser. It came in the 41st minute as Wildin took possession on the right hand side and cut in, leaving defenders in his wake. As he waltzed in to the area, Kairo Mitchell touched the ball back in to the path of the Antigua and Barbuda international and he struck the ball in off the post. It was a goal that was reminiscent of his strike away to AFC Telford United earlier in the season.

There was a moment of controversy just before the break, Joe Guest broke down the left and Wildin came across to meet him as he drove in to the area. The two full-backs came together with Guest going down under Wildin's challenge. The Curzon faithful were crying out for a spot kick but Referee Steven Copeland immediately waved off the appeals.

The second period got off to a scrappy start, Boro' had the better of the possession but couldn't find a way through the resolute Curzon defence. Paul Marshall's free kick from a good position was wasted as it flew harmlessly over Etheridge's crossbar. Nuneaton were unlucky not to take the lead when a corner from the left came in to the box and pinballed around before dropping kindly to Mason.

Both sides headed wide from good positions, first Mitchell diverted his header wide from Chambers' cross before Wharton should have worked Etheridge but couldn't guide his shot on target. There was more controversy, but it worked out in Curzon's favour this time. Wildin was shepherding a heavy throughball behind when he was pushed in the back and knocked the ball out for a corner. What should have been a free kick for the Boro' became a penalty for Ashton as Tom Elliott brought his man down in the box.

There was no doubting the validity of the penalty, but the sequence of play that led to it should never have occurred. Baillie didn't let that distract him as he stepped up and confidently stroked the ball in to the bottom right hand corner, sending Etheridge the wrong way. Nuneaton found themselves trailing again, with just twenty minutes to play.

Moments later Baillie had a chance to put the game beyond Nuneaton, springing the offside trap and bearing down on goal. Etheridge got off his line quickly and came out to meet him as Baillie shot low at the 'keepers feet, allowing him to gather at the second attempt. The Boro' continued to probe as they looked for an equaliser and, just as it seemed as though they would be frustrated, Langmead popped up with a wonder strike.

Billy Daniels had retreated deep in to his own half to take possession and fired a long ball in to the Curzon area. Langmead tracked the ball over his right shoulder and stretched out to meet it with a stunning right foot volley that flew across the goal, into the bottom corner of the net, leaving Mason rooted to the spot and the Ashton fans in stunned silence.

Coming in the first of three added minutes there was little time for either side to find a winner as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Gary Charles maintained his unbeaten record away from home and will look to extend it further when his side travel to Darlington on Saturday.

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Kelvin Langmead

Player of the Match

Kelvin Langmead

Key moments

Goal Oliver Thornley scores for Curzon Ashton
Goal Luther Wildin scores for Nuneaton Town
Scored Penalty James Baillie scores a penalty for Curzon Ashton
90:00 +1:00
Goal Kelvin Langmead scores for Nuneaton Town

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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Kelvin Langmead is awarded player of the match for Nuneaton Town
90:00 +1:00 Goal 2 - 2
Kelvin Langmead scores for Nuneaton Town
90:00 +1:00 Assist
Billy Daniels makes an assist for Nuneaton Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Joe Guest is yellow carded for Curzon Ashton
82:00 Sub On
Richard Baker is substituted on for Curzon Ashton
82:00 Sub Off
Ryan Brooke is substituted off for Curzon Ashton
78:00 Sub Off
Paul Marshall is substituted off for Curzon Ashton
78:00 Sub On
Luke Clark is substituted on for Curzon Ashton
76:00 Sub Off
Kairo Mitchell is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
76:00 Sub On
Adil Nabi is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
66:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 1
James Baillie scores a penalty for Curzon Ashton
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 1
Luther Wildin scores for Nuneaton Town
41:00 Assist
Kairo Mitchell makes an assist for Nuneaton Town
28:00 Sub On
Ben Wharton is substituted on for Curzon Ashton
28:00 Sub Off
Niall Cummins is substituted off for Curzon Ashton
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Oliver Thornley scores for Curzon Ashton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Curzon Ashton
  • Nuneaton Town
  • 0
  • Oliver Thornley Goal 16:00'
  • Niall Cummins Sub Off 28:00'
  • Ben Wharton Sub On 28:00'
  • Luther Wildin Goal 41:00'
  • Kairo Mitchell Assist 41:00'
  • James Baillie Scored Penalty 66:00'
  • Kairo Mitchell Sub Off 76:00'
  • Adil Nabi Sub On 76:00'
  • Paul Marshall Sub Off 78:00'
  • Luke Clark Sub On 78:00'
  • Ryan Brooke Sub Off 82:00'
  • Richard Baker Sub On 82:00'
  • Joe Guest Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Kelvin Langmead Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Billy Daniels Assist 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Curzon Ashton
  • 1. Cameron Mason
  • 2. Oliver Thornley
  • 3. Joe Guest
  • 4. Jonathan Hunt
  • 5. Daniel Shaw
  • 6. Matthew Regan
  • 7. James Baillie
  • 8. Paul Marshall
  • 9. Niall Cummins
  • 10. Ryan Brooke
  • 11. Jake Dunwoody
  • 12. Luke Clark
  • 13. Richard Baker
  • 14. Ben Wharton
  • 15. Will Beesley
  • 16. Matthew Crothers

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Darlington 39 53
12. Boston United 39 53
13. Nuneaton Town 39 52
14. FC United Of Manchester 40 50
15. Leamington 40 48
16. Southport 39 47
17. AFC Telford United 39 47

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