Curzon Ashton v Nuneaton Town (FA Trophy 1st Rnd)
Monday 14th December, 2015;
Boro exited the FA Trophy on Monday night following this 3-1 defeat to Curzon Ashton.
Despite a spirited second half showing Boro failed to recover from a poor first half performance that saw Curzon race into a 3-0 lead.
Boro were behind after just four minutes – Jordan Wright slipping a smart ball into the path of Matt Warburton who fired it into the back of the net from the middle of the penalty area.
The home side seemed content to let the Boro enjoy plenty of the ball after the goal, but Nuneaton were unable to take advantage of the time they were being afforded in possession.
The visitors fell further behind in the 24th minute when Niall Cummins got his head to a Jack Truelove cross and diverted it goal wards and into the net.
Boro’s best effort on goal came in the 37th minute from a set-piece. Callum Chettle‘s sweet shot was heading for the top corner but Hakan Burton produced a wonderful diving save to keep the score at 2-0.
Cummins grabbed his second goal of the game – and Curzon’s third – just before the break when he headed home at the near post direct from a corner.
Nuneaton started the second half with real purpose. Kevin Wilson had rung the changes at the break with Cieron Keane and James Reid replacing Callum Chettle and Joe Maguire.
The new additions and new spirit caused the home side plenty of problems and it was no surprise when Boro got a goal back early on as Marlon Harewood powered his effort firmly into the back of the net.
The lead should have been reduced further shortly after but once again Burton showed his class as he reacted superbly to get a hand to a close-range curler from Aaron Williams.
Elliott Whitehouse also side-footed his shot at the keeper inside the box, but Nuneaton couldn’t find the goals to get themselves back into the game.
CURZON ASHTON: Burton, Rowney, Truelove (Hampson 70), Hunt, Shaw, Tomsett, Wright (Woodford 87) Brown, Cummins (Brooke 75), Warburton, Guest.
Subs not used: Norton, Mason.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Maguire (C.Keane 46), J.Keane, Lane, Morgan, Whitehouse, Byrne, Chettle (Reid 46), Williams, Harewood (Duffy 75)
Subs not used: Daniels, De La Paz.