Nuneaton Town 2 Lincoln City 2
Saturday 5th October 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Andy Brown’s late goal earned Nuneaton Town a point against Lincoln City as they snapped their three game losing run with a 2-2 draw.
However, the Imps will be disappointed not to have inflicted further misery on Kevin Wilkin’s side who struggled for confidence and fluency in the second half despite their admirable show of fighting spirit.
Boro got a dream start with a goal after two and a half minutes. A good passing move saw Adam Walker release Louis Moult down the left.
His cross was flicked on by Brown and Wes York was there at the back post to nod in from a couple of yards.
There few chances for the next half hour or so as both teams battled for control.
Louis Briscoe’s debut was an unhappy one as he looked off the pace before picking up an injury in the 25th minute when he was clattered by Tom Miller.
He was replaced by Danny Sleath, who was left ball watching as Lincoln levelled in the 37th minute.
Jon Nolan played an excellent ball behind Amari’i Bell, who was looking well below his best. Both Bell and Sleath could only stand and watch as Miller raced in behind them and slotted a neat finish past James Belshaw at his near post.
Lincoln’s tails were up as they almost went in front two minutes later when Sean Newton got past Theo Streete and fired in a low cross which an unmarked Nick Wright slid wide at the near post.
If the start to the first half was a dream, the start to the second was a nightmare, especially for Belshaw.
There looked to be no danger when Miller hung up a soft cross in the 47th minute. Belshaw called for a routine take but inexplicably dropped the ball.
He knew his fate straight away as he barely moved with Nolan there to roll the ball into an empty net.
A bottle was flung on the pitch from the away end during the celebrations but fortunately it missed a desperately disappointed Belshaw.
The keeper was given no help by Bell two minutes later when he continued his own poor display with a weak header back that forced Belshaw to dive at Ben Tomlinson’s feet to clear.
Boro needed a response but they offered nothing and suffered further disappointment when Gavin Cowan hobbled off with 16 minutes to go.
Just when the game looked to be up Boro levelled after 84 minutes. Michael Richens, who replaced Cowan, over hit a cross to the back post.
Sleath got on the end of it though and volleyed back across goal for Brown to nod in his fifth of the season and first in six games.