Nuneaton Town 0 Cambridge United 0
Saturday 28th December 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Andy Brown handed Nuneaton Town a late Christmas present with a shock return against Cambridge United.
The man the fans call Jesus could not deliver a festive fairytale winner, but Boro were full value for the 0-0 draw which knocked their opponents off the Skrill Premier top spot.
Brown had not played since scoring the winner against Lincoln City on October 5th due to surgery on a detached retina.
There was one change to the team which drew with Tamworth, but the big news was the return of Brown on the Boro bench.
Jon Adams started a league game for the first time since November 2nd as he replaced Phil Trainer.
Adams did well as his ability to keep the ball was evident throughout his time on the pitch.
Boro were not the only team to welcome back last season's top scorer as United had Tom Elliott in their starting line-up for the first time since October 19th.
The game was slow to get going, but when it did it was the home side on top.
It took 27 minutes for either team to threaten a goal as Streete drove forwards and unleashed a screamer that crashed into the side netting.
Dave Hibbert was winning the battle with the centre halves as he made the most of very limited service.
He knocked down for Moult, who forced Chris Maxwell into a comfortable save.
Moult came close with Boro's best effort of the half as he volleyed just wide from the edge of the box after 33 minutes when Cambridge failed to clear.
The visitors had struggled to live up to their top of the table billing as they failed to test Roos in the first half.
Their best effort came after 40 minutes when Adam Cunnington nodded down Richard Tait's corner.
His header was blocked into the path of Tom Champion, who fired wide.
Cambridge replaced the below par Cunnington at the break with Ryan Donaldson and promptly looked a much better side.
Elliott fired over after 51 minutes as the U's began to crank up the pressure.
They had the ball in the back of the net after 65 minutes when Roos pushed Donaldson's fierce free-kick back into the danger area.
Berry was there to fire in from six yards, but the flag was up for offside before the ball hit the back of the net.
Cambridge were dominating the game.
They were demanding a penalty after 68 minutes when the ball hit Streete on the arm, but the referee stood firm as he was surrounded by yellow shirts.
Boro were in need of inspiration and so they turned to Brown, who replaced Hibbert with 15 minutes left.
Cambridge remained in the ascendancy though and they should have won it after 86 minutes when Elliott fed a low ball in for Dunk, who was denied by a brilliant save from Roos from eight yards.
Nuneaton rarely threatened after the break.
Moult put a tough volley wide and forced Maxwell into one more comfortable save as he gathered his 90th minute header.
Despite being left to contain for the most part after the break, Boro were deservedly clapped off.
Three games without a win means Boro are down to seventh but performances like this will maintain a play-off push that has gone on far longer than anyone could have anticipated.