Curzon Ashton 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 5th September, 2015;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Depending on how you play the statistics, this was either just the second defeat Nuneaton have faced in their opening eight games this season – or a fourth game without a win and a second successive loss for Kevin Wilson and his side.
Not since the away trip to Lowestoft have Boro tasted victory, but that does not take away from the start they have had, taking 14 points out of a possible 24 on offer.
They never looked like adding to that tally up at Curzon, despite starting brightly.
They had the best of the early chances when Shane Byrne was unable to divert a stinging cross from Marlon Harewood when well placed in the area, but nonetheless it was the home side who took the lead in the 17th minute.
Matthew Warburton it was with the goal, one he should not have been able to score really, as the Boro defence had ample opportunity to clear the danger.
Joe Maguire was guilty of overplaying, allowing the Curzon number nine the chance to lift it over Jordan Smith and into the back of the net from just inside the box.
Nuneaton had reacted well after going behind the two previous times it had happened this season, they did not this time though, as Curzon enjoyed a comfortable 20 minutes after the goal, pushing forward without worrying overly about the Boro threat.
David Morgan was trying his best to change that, while creating a barrier in front of his back three, the Nuneaton midfield man was physically unable, however hard he tried, to drive forward as well.
The Boro knew that they needed to do more in the second half if they were to take anything from the game, and once again it was Byrne who was involved in the best of the early openings, this time turning sharply and sending a fizzing low drive that Hakan Burton had to get down to and palm round his near post.
The chance kick started some momentum for the visiting Nuneaton side as moments later James Reid was unlucky to see his effort cleared off the line by Chris Rowney, the wing-back deserved more after turning his man and sending a shot goalwards.
A double substitution from the home side, one that saw both full-backs replaced, soon put paid to that though, as the momentum disappeared.
In-fact, the next clear cut chance could have seen the home side double their lead.
Only the smart reflexes of Jordan Smith stopped them from doing so, he reacted quickly to deny Gary Burnett when the Curzon frontman was in on goal – and really should have scored.
As it was that turned out to be the last real effort any side had at goal on what turned out to be a disappointing day for Boro.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Reid, J.Keane (Duffy 76), Maguire, Lane, Morgan, Chettle, Harewood , Byrne, Williams (Daniels 61).
Subs not used: Dyer, C.Keane, Pepe-N’Goma.
CURZON ASHTON: Burton, Rowney (Wright 69), Lakeland (Atkinson 69), Shaw, Watson, Frost, Guest, Brown, Burnett (Eckersley 80), Warburton, Tomsett.
Subs not used: Cummins, Mason.