Grimsby Town 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Saturday 31st August 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Only goal difference is keeping Nuneaton Town off top spot in Skrill Premier after they beat Grimsby Town 2-1 on Saturday.
They stay third as Gavin Cowan and Andy Brown scored in a first half master class before Mariners left-back Aswad Thomas was sent off for violent conduct in the 42nd minute.
That changed the mind-set for the second half as Boro contained their far more illustrious neighbours.
Andy Cook pulled a goal back after 85 minutes but the final score flattered the home side, who were booed off by an expectant crowd.
Grimsby were the first to threaten though as Patrick McLaughlin floated a free-kick over the bar from 20 yards and Craig Disley blazed over after a fantastic tackle in the box from Gaz Dean.
It was all Nuneaton from there. There were warning signs as Wes York fired wide from distance and Brown failed to hit the target as he met Louis Moult’s cross.
The first goal came in the 26th minute when James Armson won a corner. He drilled it in perfectly and Cowan met it with a towering header. How he must have wished to be meeting such deliveries last season having seen the vast majority floated poorly to the back post for him to challenge for.
Brown added the second in the 32nd minute. Danny Sleath looked to have nowhere to go when he got the ball on the edge of the box on his weaker right foot.
However, he did brilliantly to get his head up and pick out Brown with a clever cross.
There was little pace on it, but the striker rose to head fantastically back across James McKeown into the corner.
The visitors were on fire as Moult saw a shot well saved by the keeper in the 41st minute. It was hard to believe it could get any better for Nuneaton, but it did a minute later when Thomas saw red.
Theo Streete was winding up for a long throw when the referee blew. He immediately flashed a red card at the left back, seemingly for a kick at York in the box.
There was no penalty as the ball was not in play but the Mariners’ ship was sinking fast.
The second half had far less action as Nuneaton put in a composed performance to contain Grimsby and break when they could.
There was a blow for the visitors in the 52nd minute when York hobbled off to be replaced by Connor Taylor.
Streete twice came as close as anyone to getting the third goal. First he headed over from close range under pressure from Andi Thanoj before shooting tamely straight at McKeown from six yards when Dean headed down.
Sleath also went close as he was fed by Moult, forcing a good save from McKeown at his near post.
The game looked to be petering out as Boro cruised to the final whistle but with five minutes to go former Nuneaton Borough forward Alex Rodman won and took a corner.
Cook got up six yards out and planted a fine header into the corner. The home crowd were suddenly fired up again as they briefly got behind their team.
It meant a nervy finish in the stands, but on the pitch Boro stayed cool and fully deserved the magnificent win.