Trailing 1-0 deep into stoppage time against Bradford Park Avenue it looked like the Boro would make it two successive defeats to begin the campaign, it was not to be, though, as Ironside capitalised on a mistake from keeper Ryan Young to rescue something for Nuneaton.
Despite how it ended, it was the home side who enjoyed the better of the starts and they nearly capitalised on it in the eighth minute but Liam Dickenson saw his shot from close range cannon back off the post rather than find the back of the net.
Nuneaton failed to use the let-off as a catalyst as they continued to be second best all over the pitch, the match becoming when, and not if, the home side would score.
It took them until the 38th minute to do so and Nuneaton played their own part in the goal, a miss-kick from keeper Callum Burton being punished by Nicky Wroe who fed Chris Sharp who did the rest with a smart finish in the area.
It was a poor goal to concede but a deserved one as the Boro had not been at the races at all throughout the opening 45 minutes.
Worryingly, for Nuneaton fans at least, they failed to react in the second half, Bradford keeper Ryan Jones continuing to be a passenger for the home side.
When he was needed, the first time in the 70th minute, the Bradford stopper was up the task, coming out quickly to deny substitute Daniel Demkiv when the young winger found himself in space at the back post.
He then denied Ironside with time ticking away, but it was his mistake, and not his heroics that will be remembered, as in the last two minutes of stoppage time he came running out to head away a long ball – but only fed Ironside – who did the rest with a smart finish from distance.
It was a major let-off for a Nuneaton side who were never at their best, but who did enough to pick up their first point of the campaign.
NUNEATON: Burton, Clifton, Warburton, Langmead, Keane, Scott (Daniels 67), Morgan, Tempest, Williams, McDonald (Ironside 78), Moli (Demkiv 53)
Subs not used: Wheatley, Snedker, Ironside.
BRADFORD PARK AVENUE: Jones, Toulson, Hill, Dean, Coates, McWilliams, McKennna, Wroe, Sharp (Osborne 89), Dickinson (Ryan 65), Boshell (Davie 87).
Subs not used: Payne, Eccles.
Match Report Courtesy Of Chris Philpotts @ Trinity Mirror
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