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Sat 25 Apr 17:15 – The Vanarama Football Conference – Premier Division

Chester 5 Nuneaton Town 3

Saturday 25th April, 2015

Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;

In a way it summed things up perfectly. A game that promised so much but ultimately ended in heartache and showed that when push came to shove, Boro were just not able to get the job done in the top-tier of non-league football this season.

Under new manager Brian Reid in August, the 2014-15 season was supposed to be one of hope for Nuneaton, but it turned into one of despair as a 3-1 lead turned into 5-3 defeat on the last day of the campaign.

There were factors though for the poor season and the final day defeat, a lack of squad depth, injuries, mistakes at crucial times, to name but a few. But the main theme was Nuneaton were just not good enough and now face life in the Conference North next season.

Chester seemed up for this dead rubber as they went straight on the attack from the kick-off. But all they could muster during three minutes of mayhem were two half chances that Max Crocombe wasn’t really troubled with.
It seemed like a home win was on the cards at that early stage, but Boro had other ideas, they dealt with the pressure and hit Chester where it hurt – with two goals inside a devastating eight minute spell.

The first came from Andy Brown as he did what he does best, he managed to find room in the box and get his head to a right wing cross from Jaanai Gordon.
The second came from a more unusual source as Gav Cowan first had a shot that led to a corner in the 28th minute – and then got his head to the corner to power Boro into a 2-0 lead.

Nuneaton are not facing life in the Conference North next season because they have been playing football like this though. It is because of – among other things –a lack of concentration at key times, and they showed it again as they let Chester pull a goal back on the stroke of half time.

A free-kick was punted into the box where it was met by the head of Oli McBurnie, his towering header left Crocombe with no chance.
All three goals in the first half were from within the area, albeit taken well. The start of the second half saw one smashed in from 25 yards out that outshone all that came before it.

Josh Rees was the scorer as he curled home a fantastic effort from distance. It gave the Boro a two goal advantage once again and was just reward for the form the midfield player has shown since coming to the club in March.
Nuneaton looked to be cruising once again at this stage but they were dealt a massive blow when Cowan went down in the centre circle after a collision.

Boro were unable to get him off, and Anton Brown on quick enough, and as Cowan played on while the change was waiting to happen, the home side capitalised.
Matty Hughes stole through the Nuneaton midfield before feeding Kinglsey James, the midfield man slotting it coolly under Crocombe to cut the deficit once again.

Nuneaton went from looking in control to looking panicked, with midfielder Anton Brown being exposed whilst playing out of position in defence.
It was only a matter of time before the home side made that count in their favour and they did so in the 70th minute as substitute Sean McConville was awarded plenty of room in the penalty area – and he took full advantage of it by simply picking his spot and sliding it under Crocombe who threw himself at it.

The Boro were unable to stem the flow at this point and seemed shell-shocked and unable to stop the Chester onslaught. Just six minutes after drawing level the home side then went ahead for the first time in the match as that man, McConville, was in the right place at the right time once again, as he tapped home a right wing corner to swing the game Chester’s way.
Nuneaton’s misery was complete when they conceded a fifth with five minutes to go thanks to a fantastic run and drilled finish from George Thomson.
It was a sad end to a sad season for Nuneaton Town.

NUNEATON: Crocombe, Smith, Cowan (Anton Brown 63), Dean, Franklin, Ogleby (Walker 67), Rees, Dawson, Sodje (Nardiello 76), Gordon, Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Wren.

CHESTER: Worsnop (Viscosi 86), Higgins, Heneghan, Charnock, Roberts, Mahon (McConville 65), James, Rooney, Hughes, McBurnie (Thomson 66), Hobson.
Subs not used: Peers, Touray.

Attendance: 2,614

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As it happened

  • Chester FC
  • Nuneaton Town
  • 0
  • 1 Brown Goal 20:00′
  • 4 Cowan Goal 28:00′
  • 1 Rees Goal 46:00′
  • 4 Cowan Sub Off 63:00′
  • A Brown Sub On 63:00′
  • 8 Ogleby Sub Off 67:00′
  • 6 Walker Sub On 67:00′
  • J Nardiello Sub On 76:00′
  • 2 Sodje Sub Off 76:00′
  • L Dawson Yellow Card 80:00′
  • 1 Brown Yellow Card 90:00′

Period 1

20:00
1 Brown scores for Nuneaton Town
28:00
4 Cowan scores for Nuneaton Town

Period 2

46:00
1 Rees scores for Nuneaton Town
63:00
4 Cowan is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
63:00
A Brown is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
67:00
8 Ogleby is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
67:00
6 Walker is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
76:00
J Nardiello is substituted on for Nuneaton Town
76:00
2 Sodje is substituted off for Nuneaton Town
80:00
L Dawson is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town
90:00
1 Brown is yellow carded for Nuneaton Town

League round up

Other Premier Division results

AFC Telford Utd
1
2
Barnet
2
0
Gateshead FC
Braintree Town
4
2
Bristol Rovers
7
0
0
0
Lincoln City FC
Eastleigh
2
1
Kidderminster Harriers
Forest Green Rovers
0
0
Dover Athletic
Grimsby Town
3
1
Welling United
0
1
Woking
3
2
FC Halifax Town

League table

The Vanarama Football Conference
Premier Division
#
Team
Pts
1
Barnet
92
2
Bristol Rovers
91
3
Grimsby Town
86
4
Eastleigh
82
5
Forest Green Rovers
79
7
Woking
76
8
Dover Athletic
68
9
FC Halifax Town
66
10
Gateshead FC
66
11
66
12
Chester FC
63
14
Braintree Town
59
15
Lincoln City FC
58
16
Kidderminster Harriers
57
20
Welling United
45
23
AFC Telford Utd
36