Salisbury City 2 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 1st February 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
A pair of defensive howlers saw Nuneaton Town’s away-day blues continue as they threw away a winning position to suffer defeat at Salisbury City.
Danny Sleath had given Boro a first-half lead, but Gaz Dean’s error allowed Salisbury to level just before half time, before the hosts took the lead ten minutes into the second half after Emmitt Delfouneso’s mistake.
Those slip-ups allowed Salisbury to complete the double over Nuneaton this season, while it was also a fourth consecutive away defeat for Kevin Wilkin’s men who missed out on the chance to move back into the play-off places.
Adam Walker fired wide early, before Louis Moult missed a great chance on the half hour, when he also shot wide when clean through on goal.
Boro had been on top for most of the half and they got the goal that their play deserved four minutes later, all be it from an unlikely source.
Sleath had scored just once in 56 previous appearances for the club, but was playing in a more advance left midfield role and took advantage by turning in Wes York’s low cross.
They couldn’t take that lead into half-time however, as two minutes before the interval Dean made a mess of a back header, leaving James White to nip in behind and fire past James Belshaw to level the scores.
That gave the hosts confidence and they came out stronger after the break.
Angus MacDonald headed wide before another moment of calamitous Boro defending saw Salisbury take the lead ten minutes into the second period.
From a Nuneaton corner, Salisbury cleared upfield only for Delfouneso to take out his own man, Sleath, allowing White to run free once again as the hosts enjoyed a three-on-one, Elliott Frear scoring with a simple tap in.
That goal knocked the stuffing out of Boro and only a fine Belshaw save from McDonald’s free-kick shortly afterwards prevented the hosts from extending the lead.
James Armson saw a couple of late efforts saved but Nuneaton never seriously looked like getting back into the contest as Salisbury saw out the victory with comfort.