Nuneaton Town 1 Braintree Town 1
Saturday 12th October 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Theo Streete was Boro’s unlikely hero as they came from behind in the second-half for the third game in a row to claim another precious Skril Conference Premier point.
In conditions at times bordering on monsoon-like, Streete arrived on the corner of the penalty area to pick up Jon Adams’ pass and his cross-shot sailed over Braintree keeper Nathan McDonald and nestled in the net.
Intentional it may not have been – Streete will no doubt have talked long into the night about seeing the keeper slightly out of position – but nonetheless it was just reward for a resurgent performance after the break.
It was just as well, as for 30 long, gruelling minutes, Braintree gave Kevin Wilkin’s side a torrid going over.
The ball was like a bad word for the hosts, no-one seemed to want it and it came back like a yo-yo whenever they attempted to move out of defence.
Jordan Cox in particular gave Gareth Dean and keeper James Belshaw a tough time as the visitors clearly played to the imposing frontman’s strengths.
That said, clear-cut chances were at a premium although Charlie Strutton should have done better with an early opening when clear on the right but shot high and wide into the Britannia Tyres Stand.
The breakthrough for Braintree, when it did come, was as much about poor Boro defending as it was incisive attacking.
Kenny Davis fired a corner to the near post on the half-hour, Strutton got to it first and flicked on to where central defender Matt Paine waited unattended, and needed to do no more than head it into an almost unguarded net.
The goal clearly awoke Nuneaton from their slumber as James Armson had McDonald at full stretch with a curling effort.
Then, just before the interval, Amari’i Bell combined with Louis Moult and crossed into the danger area.
Greg Pearson could only flick it on and Armson then put it back into the mix before Streete finally lashed a rising drive over the bar.
Boro continued to press after the interval with conditions worsening by the second with torrential rain making the simplest of passes tricky.
There was lots to admire about the home side’s play although no end product as such until Streete timely intervention deservedly put them back on level terms.
Boro’s new signing David Hibbert came on at the break, picked up an almost immediate yellow card, and almost won it with a header that was blocked by Paine.
Braintree too had their moments with Davis thumping a deflected shot into the side netting after Streete had done well to divert Dean Wells’ teasing centre, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.