Nuneaton Town 1 Hyde 0
Saturday 15th February 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
It took James Armson just 66 seconds to push Nuneaton Town up to fourth in the Skrill Conference Premier and improve their hopes of an unlikely play-off berth.
The key moment of the game came when Gavin Cowan sent Armson clear in the inside left position and he controlled before curling a shot into the far top corner.
Andy Brown could have made it two with just four minutes on the clock racing down the right but getting too close to Chris Kettings who came out to block.
Kettings then had a horrible moment allowing a harmless looking cross from Wes York to slip through his hands but luckily it bounced off the post for a corner.
James Belshaw was called into action midway through the half getting down low to keep out a shot from Scott Spencer at his near post.
Boro had another chance when Brown played in Louis Moult but he took too long and the ball eventually made its way to Danny Sleath whose header was easily dealt with by Kettings.
There was a real scare for the hosts as Adam Thurston found himself in space just before the break and he curled a shot towards the top right-hand corner that Belshaw did well to tip onto the bar and out for a corner.
After a cagey start to the second period Adam Walker worked an opening but his left-foot shot was just a foot too high.
Boro it seemed were finding things more difficult playing with the wind at their backs as the second half turned into a very disappointing affair.
Kettings did well to push away a cross by Sleath that was inches too high for Brown. Alex Brown was yellow carded for halting York’s run down the right and the resulting free-kick was fired in low by Walker but gathered comfortably by Kettings.
Moult then had a chance cutting in from the right but his shot sailed harmless wide then a hanging cross by Sleath in Brown’s direction saw the striker glance a header past the far post.
Boro pushed looking for a second and Moult crossed for Brown to land a header on top of the goal.
Substitute Greg Pearson then drilled a low shot well wide of target when he probably had better options both right and left of him.
Emmit Delfouneso had arguably the best effort of the second period picking up the ball 35 yards out and lashing in a shot that Kettings was glad to push away.
Danny Chalton was then cautioned for hacking down Theo Streete and Armson’s stinging free-kick was tipped round the post.