Nuneaton Town 0 Corby Town 0
Saturday 5th December, 2015;
Nuneaton had to battle to master the awful weather for the second Saturday in a row, but came up against a stubborn wall of Corby defenders time after time in a frustrating game at the A1 Gas Force Arena.
In a match they dominated throughout, Boro were unable to convert their chances and had to settle for a point to keep their impressive unbeaten run intact.
Ironically, considering what transpired, it was Corby who almost broke the deadlock first in the tenth minute when Jordan Smith brilliantly tipped Callum Ball’s well-hit shot against the crossbar.
From that point on, though, it was all about the Boro as they played with the fierce wind on their backs and peppered the visitors goal.
On another day Aaron Williams, David Morgan, Marlon Harewood and Elliott Whitehouse would have had a goal or two each, but keeper Harry Burgoyne denied them, as did a host of Corby defenders who threw their bodies in the way to block goal-bound shots.
Elliott Whitehouse saw his superb curling shot come back off the crossbar with half-time approaching and then, in somewhat comical fashion, Marlon Harewood saw his effort bounce off the keepers shoulder and out for a corner with Burgoyne unawares of where the ball was.
Nuneaton maintained their dominance in the second half, but continued to miss chances, notably Marlon Harewood who turned his man superbly on the edge of the box, only to see his rushed finish fly wide.
Boro continued to create chances – Williams saw one effort go begging when well-placed inside the box, while Joe Maguire was inches away from getting his head to a James Clifton corner.
It just wasn’t going to be Boro’s day and the afternoon was summed up when they struck the woodwork for the second time in the dying minutes. Williams turned well, but agonisingly saw his shot hit the underside of the crossbar, down onto the goal line and out to safety.
There was good news for Boro though – their lead at the top of the table being extended to four points after Solihull lost their unbeaten record at home to Boston United.
NUNEATON TOWN: J.Smith, Clifton, Lane, Maguire, C.Keane (Reid 69), Morgan, Chettle, Whitehouse, Williams, Tshimanga (Harewood 25), Duffy.
Subs not used: De Le Paz, Daniels, J.Keane.
CORBY TOWN: Burgoyne, Courtney, O’Hanlon (Kennedy 57), Malone, McDonald, Brown, Mills, Taylor, Ball (Johnson 68), Milnes, Downey.
Subs not used: Donkin, Revan, Wright.