Nuneaton Town 2 Aldershot Town 1
Tuesday 28th January 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Louis Moult spared his own blushes for an incredible miss as he added to an incredible fluke from Andy Brown in Nuneaton Town’s 2-1 win against Aldershot Town.
Moult missed an open goal by a massive margin on the half hour but he made up for it with a smart finish to effectively seal the points just before the break.
That followed Brown’s opener – surely a massive slice of fortune as his apparent cross went in off the post to break the deadlock soon after Moult’s miss.
Tristan Plummer pulled one back after 84 minutes but it was not enough.
The win lifted Boro up to sixth in Skrill Premier, outside the play-offs only on goal difference.
There was one change to the team which lost 3-0 to Luton Town as Emmitt Delfouneso replaced Dave Hibbert, who had what was described as a minor injury.
That prompted a football re-shuffle akin to a cabinet one.
Delfouneso started at right-back with Theo Streete moving to left-back.
Danny Sleath pushed forward to left midfield and Moult moved into the attack to rekindle his partnership with Brown for the first time since October, when Brown suffered a detached retina.
It took 18 minutes for either side to threaten a goal – Gaz Dean seeing his header tipped over comfortably.
Boro were forced into an early change as Jon Adams went off after 23 minutes with a thigh strain. He was replaced by James Armson, who almost scored with his first touch as a cross evaded keeper Glen Morris and flashed across goal.
The game looked set to finally come to life after 31 minutes but Moult conspired to miss a sitter. He latched onto a long ball and rounded the keeper with ease.
A few weeks ago he would have rolled it into the open net for a 13th goal of the season, but he somehow put it yards wide on his favoured right foot.
If Moult’s luck was out, Brown’s was most certainly in as he gave Boro the lead after 38 minutes. He sprinted down the right and clipped in what was surely a cross.
The ball went over Morris, who could only look back as it hit the far post and nestled in the net. Brown’s sheepish celebration certainly suggested he did not mean it.
Aldershot almost hit back immediately but James Belshaw made a great save from Bradley Bubb, a key moment in the game.
Moult then spared his own blushes after 44 minutes as he made it 2-0. He latched on to Brown’s flick on and without the time to think about his previous miss he fired the ball beyond Morris with his first touch from 14 yards.
Boro came close to a third goal on three occasions early in the second half. Firstly, Wes York got in behind the defence but saw his shot well saved by Morris.
Then Morris almost gifted Sleath the ball as he came to the edge of his box to gather, but he recovered well.
Aldershot responded with a triple change but it made little difference initially as Gavin Cowan saw his header scrambled off the line.
The visitors did come into the game though as Boro struggled to keep the ball. They pulled one back with six minutes to go as Plummer made space in the box and fired into the roof of the net from 12 yards.
There was desperate moment in stoppage time as a combination of Belshaw and Adam Walker scrambled Joe Partington’s header off the line.