Worcester City 0 Nuneaton Town 1
Sunday 18th October, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
A change of formation led to a change of result for the Boro as they showed a battling spirit to take all three points away at Worcester on Sunday.
After successive defeats to Boston and North Ferriby United, gone was the 5-3-2 line-up that Wilson has trusted in all season – a new 4-3-3 was used instead.
It was not a formation that heralded immediate results, though, as the first half was anything but a classic – neither side seemed to know whether to stick or twist.
They both had the attacking talent on show to make it an entertaining affair, but failed to produce the goods on the pitch as neither keeper was really tested throughout a somewhat frustrating 45 minutes.
In-fact the only danger Nathan Vaughn was needed to repel saw him get down well to block a 25-yard effort from Shane Byrne on 27 minutes.
At the other end, Jordan Smith was forced to watch numerous efforts go high and wide over his bar in comparison.
The second half had to be better, and thanks to Elliott Whitehouse it was.
The Boro midfield man produced a moment of magic on the hour mark, showing a quickness of thought to take a free-kick before the home side were ready.
It led to a penalty as an outstretched arm in the Worcester wall stopped the ball in mid-flight.
Rob Duffy stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick with ease, but all the credit needed to go to Whitehouse.
In-fact both the allowing of the early set-piece, plus the awarding of the subsequent penalty seemed to rile the home side as every decision was being met with complaints by the Worcester team.
Those complaints were always going to go too far, and so they did as Sean Geddes was sent off halfway through the half for what looked like something he said to referee Darren Strain.
The home support met the decision with a volley of abuse, but it was not long until they had something to cheer, as Strain levelled up the teams, if not the score, as he sent Jordan Keane off for a second yellow card – much to the confusion of those on the pitch.
Worcester were buoyed by the dismissal, but despite throwing everything they had at the Boro, they could not break through, Joe Maguire personifying the defensive display for the visitors with a fantastic lunging tackle in the area with minutes remaining.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, J.Keane, Maguire, C.Keane, Morgan, Whitehouse, Byrne, Williams, Daniels (Harewood 78) Duffy.
Subs not used: De La Paz, Dyer, Chettle, Reid.
WORCESTER CITY: Vaughn, Minihan (Harrad 78), Gudger, Thomas, Sharpe, Gater, Nti, Deeney, Burton, Geddes, Dunkley, (Vincent 78)
Subs not used: Morris, Waldron.