Cambridge Utd 3 Nuneaton Town 0
Tuesday 24th September 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton Town lost their top of their table clash at Cambridge United 3-0 on Tuesday night despite producing a much improved performance.
Boro showed they were up for the fight after Saturday’s slump against Salisbury City, but they were unable to match impressive Skrill Premier leaders Cambridge.
They had their share of chances, but the hosts were clinical as Luke Berry and excellent Crystal Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah scored either side of half-time. Harrison Dunk scored a third with a minute to go to give an unfair gloss on the scoreline.
Manager Kevin Wilkin said: “I take pride in the performance. When you come to the league leaders and perform as we have for 65 or 70 minutes you’ve got to be proud.
“We’ve had good chances that have gone in in other games this season and those are the fine lines that we were on the wrong side of.
“If we’ve got back to 1-1 it was game on. After 70 minutes we got a bit loose and they scored.
“The third goal is my fault as I’ve taken a chance to try and get back in the game pushing Michael Richens on and it’s not worked."
There was one change to the team which lost to Salisbury City as Wes York passed a fitness test to return on the right of midfield.
He replaced Connor Taylor, who failed his own fitness test after bruising his foot on Saturday.
Boro trailed at the break despite playing well for the vast majority of the half.
United took the lead after 22 minutes with an excellent goal on the break as Nathan Arnold cut through midfield and released Berry, who made room in the box before sliding the ball under James Belshaw from 10 yards with aplomb.
The goal capped off a spell of Cambridge pressure as the visitors were penned in and resorted to pumping the ball long.
Either side of that they passed the ball well with York looking particularly dangerous.
Louis Moult had Boro’s best chances of the half as first he fired straight at Chris Maxwell after 29 minutes. He missed a glorious chance five minutes later when Maxwell punched the ball straight to him.
He beat Ian Miller as he slid in but with the goal gaping in front of him the league’s top scorer dragged his finish wide from eight yards.
Despite Cambridge looking good on the break, Belshaw was largely untroubled. However, he was called on to dive at the feet of Adam Cunnington as the striker broke into the box.
Boro made an excellent start to the second half but they could not level. First Theo Streete headed straight at Maxwell before Moult forced the keeper into a fine save with a left footed drive from just outside the box.
The best chance in a three minute spell fell to Andy Brown as Maxwell spilled a Danny Sleath cross but the striker could not react to turn it in from two yards.
Cambridge responded as Appiah cut in from the left and forced Belshaw to make a good save, low to his right. Belshaw won the next duel with Appiah as he made a tremendous stop from 20 yards, turning the ball over the bar with a strong hand.
Boro were performing admirably but the killer second arrived after 73 minutes as David McNamee fouled Delano Sam-Yorke on the right wing.
Tait whipped a good ball in and the dangerous Appiah powered a header into the top corner as Belshaw got a hand to it but could not keep it out.
There was another blow soon after as McNamee hobbled off to be replaced by Michael Richens.
Gavin Cowan went off with four minutes left with what looked like an injury as well. Salt was rubbed in the wounds with a minute to go as Appiah fed Dunk and he fired the ball past an exposed Belshaw