Nuneaton 2 Lincoln 2 – A 4 Goal Thriller Starring Miller

Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City contested a fantastic four goal advert for the Skrill Premier League, played at pace with a passion that suggests both these sides could yet be there or thereabouts.  But let us not get too ahead of ourselves.

For the benefit of Nuneaton fans visiting STMI for the first time , first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Town at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

Badge of Nuneaton Town     2 v 2   Lincoln City F.C. badge.png 

H/T 11

scorers  3 ′ York, 37′ Miller, 47′ Nolan, 84 Brown

Attendance  1634   (1151 Town 483 Imps)

Ref Mr  Handley

Badge of Nuneaton Town

Kevin Wilkin  4-4-2

19 Belshaw

11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan 3 Bell

   16 York 7 Armson (Y-22) 6 Walker 25 Briscoe  

10 Brown 9 Moult 

***

Substitutions

27′ Sleath on for Briscoe, 74 Richens on for Cowan, 83 Taylor on for York

On the bench

13 Sleath 15 Gordon, 17 Taylor, 23 Richens, 18 Pearson

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton (Y-86)

Nolan  Foster

Tomlinson  Power  Jordan

 Wright  

***

Substitutions

64′ Dixon on for  Wright, 90 Fofana on for Power

On the bench

 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon, 

*****

To the game fellow football fans to the game……………

The hordes of Impdom have vociferously been behind the team for at least half hour before  the gladiators entered the Colosseum.  The hosts kick-off but both sides struggle to find their feet during the initial exchanges. A long Miller through-ball sees Boyce get there first but he fails to get a decent touch and Captain Dean ominously, nay imperiously clears.  Nuneaton counter purposefully and swiftly, as the Imps fail to get in a single challenge before Boyce fatally fails to close down Moult, who centres superbly for Brown to flick on to the unmarked York to head in at the far post. The Blue ranks blossom saluting a clinical strike.

The visiting fans, strike up the drum upping the support by an octave to drive the Imps back into the game, as Foster puts in a strong challenge on Brown  and is then fouled by Walker. Newton scampers and crosses but Jordan’s header is wide and then a great challenge by Newton robs the sprightly York on the overlap again.  York looks a danger every time he gets the ball,  his pace requiring two to stop him in his tracks, although Newton, when he can get forward looks to have the edge on his opposite number and Streete to boot. Another Miller throw finds Nolan who crosses to Boyce but his header goes wide.

A Nolan and Power combination is chipped forward but Dean beats Wright in the air with ease.  Wright gets down the flank and delivers to Tomlinson but, alas, he gets little purchase on the header and it goes wide.  Nuneaton look organised inventive and eager to come forward as Moult gets a great ball wide, but Miller stops Briscoe in his tracks. A Miller ball is flicked on by Wright but keeper Belshaw beats Power to the ball and ditto Wright after Power over-hits another probing pass.

Armson is booked, for a foul on Jordan, in reality he has drawn the short straw after umpteen impassioned but far from nasty niggly fouls.  A terrific challenge from Dean on Wright turns defence into attack again with Briscoe eager to get down the flank only to be stopped by Miller.  The injury to Briscoe ends his part in the game and perhaps his loan spell too, as he is replaced by Sleath, no slouch himself it must be said.  Both sides go gung-ho,  contributing to an exciting end-to-end encounter in sunny conditions on a perfect, but rather long pitch.  The Imps begin to look more dangerous, as Tomlinson gets down the channel and delivers a great ball that eludes everyone to end the danger.

York gets free again and unloads one from the edge of the box that is bravely blocked by Nat Brown (count ’em Nat count ’em). Captain courageous Dean stops another counter and Newton delivery, before Miller plays to Power but Dean is there again – he is truly leading by example to say the least.  Boyce clatters Brown but despite the two squaring up the ref lets them off with an extended talking to.  A neat Streete through-ball is well read by Brown with Moult lurking and then another great move sees Armson feed Bell who fortunately shoots high and wide.

The Imps are eager to earn a foothold in the game and get their just deserts. A great ball from Nolan sees Miller run round the back, take the ball on his chest to beat Bell, before rifling home with aplomb. The away terrace hits the roof as the 483  Imps do the Dambusters proud. Newton, our lefty Lancaster bombs down the flank, beats two and pulls back a terrific cross as Wright gets in ahead of the keeper, only to put it wide.  The Imps win a late corner, that comes to nothing after a delay due to a curious broken corner flag that takes everyone to stab it some.  A neat back heel from Wright ends a particularly impressive half for the speedy front man, he has lead the line well as part of a refreshing and at times dominant Imps performance. That said Nuneaton look dangerous every time they come forward.

Second Half

The Imps kick off towards the hordes but the charge ends when Miller miss-controls. Miller gets forward again, he feeds Nolan who fizzes over from 20-yards. Nuneaton enjoy some possession too, as first  Boyce and then Brown clear Lincoln lines. From the latter Tomlinson breaks,  cuts inside then does a 180 degree turn to square to Miller who crosses,  Belshaw has a sack the juggler moment and Nolan touches home to score.  The hosts seem rattled as Bell heads back towards goal but Tomlinson is inches from making it three.

Nuneaton reclaim their composure to clear a corner with Boyce lurking with intent again.  Bell gets in a confidence building challenge on Tomlinson and then goes up the other end to win a corner. Miller having a terrific game fouls Moult who was just about to pull the trigger as the sea-saw match akin to a cup-tie continues. The Imps counter three on three but the offside flag ends the threat as Nuneaton, eager to get back on level terms are leaving gaps at the back.  Its end-to-end again with Streete feeding Armson who swings it out to Bell but the Imps have men back in numbers to close down the space.

A super, if over-elaborate, Power pirouette sees him robbed by York who sends a vicious long range drive high and wide.  Menacing Moult also gets a crisp drive in but it is charged down by Nat Brown who is having another composed game in the unsung hero mould.  Just over an hour in Wright looks dead on his feet after an all-action contribution.  Tomlinson elects to use Wright, but with three round him he still finds Power who feeds Nolan. He crosses, the ball finds the backside of Power, but the Imps earn a corner after the ball deflects off Cowan.  Dixon replaces Wright just in time for the corner and makes an immediate impact, but alas this time heads wide.

Nuneaton are enjoying the possession and the chances now and win a corner, as the Imps half clear York centres but Boyce is up to head over his own bar. Lincoln do seem to be dropping deep and inviting the hosts on, which appears a big gamble given the pace and counter-attacking flair of the hosts.  Cowan then goes over on his ankle in a challenge with Dixon and looks to be struggling, as is Bell who is also having a tough time against the all-action impact substitute.  He will certainly have to go some to trump Miller who has had an outstanding game today.

Richens replaces Cowan and a rare sortie forward sees Dixon earn a corner. The Power delivery finds the head of Boyce but the keeper this time saves and holds. Nuneaton are being frustrated by the Imps but win a corner that Farman is forced to double fist to safety.  Lincoln get forward again as Dixon plays to Jordan but Streete charges down his first drive before defecting a second Nolan effort that loops onto the top of the net for a corner.

Tomlinson feeds Jordan who chips but agonisingly Nolan gambles for the wrong post and the ball goes over his head, but feet from the baying travellers all sucking it towards the net.   York is forward well again but Nat Brown heads back to Farman with Moult breathing down his neck.  A wonderful through ball from Brown is curtailed by the off-side flag and Dixon has to foul Bell to end another exciting overlapping run.

Wilkin in a last throw of the dice replaces York with Taylor and the breakthrough is almost immediate as the hosts go for the jugular and sink their teeth in to draw blood. An Armson long range effort is blocked by Brown bravely but the hosts persevere a scent of the spoils in their nostrils having weathered the Lincoln assaults. With 6 minutes of normal time remaining, sub Richens sends over a deep cross from the left, Boyce and Brown switch off and Dixon allows neat Sleath to volley the ball back across  the six yard box and there is Brown to emphatically head home the equaliser.

Newton then gets a yellow for a blatant foul on Taylor who looked away with the now galvanised home faithful screaming for a red. Fofana is sent on for Power as Simmo looks to grind out a point with 5 minutes of stoppage time signalled.  The Imps break allowing Miller to get one last long throw in. The big lads go up but the keeper dives on it to end any danger before clearing long again with Jordan averting the danger with a foul on Brown.

Tomlinson, always in the hunt, wins a late corner off Bell and Newton hits long but Dean is there again to head for another.  Nolan’s corner is unfortunately poor allowing the keeper to hit long again but the Imps clear and get a free-kick on the centre line sending Boyce and Co forward but Cowan and Dean stand firm again.  The Imps are holding on as Farman puts his laces through another probing Armson ball with honours justly even at the end of a four goal thriller

Stats

Note:

shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

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49% Ball 51%

6 Shots on 7

3 Misses 4

4 Saves 1

4 Corners 6

5 Offside 3

11 Fouls 12

1 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

  

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 13 9 4 0 22 6 +16 31
2 Grimsby Town 13 7 3 3 20 13 +7 24
3 Braintree Town 13 7 3 3 18 11 +7 24
4 Nuneaton Town 13 7 3 3 19 16 +3 24
5 Luton Town 13 6 5 2 19 9 +10 23
6 Kidderminster Harriers 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
7 Salisbury City 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
8 Alfreton Town 13 7 1 5 23 21 +2 22
9 Lincoln City 13 6 3 4 16 11 +5 21
10 Barnet 13 5 5 3 23 17 +6 20
11 FC Halifax Town 13 6 2 5 23 23 0 20
12 Welling United 13 5 4 4 21 17 +4 19
13 Forest Green Rovers 13 5 3 5 25 19 +6 18
14 Southport 13 5 2 6 13 17 -4 17
15 Hereford United 13 4 4 5 13 14 -1 16
16 Gateshead 13 5 1 7 16 20 -4 16
17 Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15
18 Dartford 13 4 1 8 11 21 -10 13
19 Macclesfield Town 13 3 3 7 13 17 -4 12
20 Wrexham 13 3 3 7 17 22 -5 12
21 Woking 13 3 3 7 16 23 -7 12
22 Chester 13 2 3 8 10 21 -11 9
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 13 5 3 5 14 12 +2 8
24 Hyde 13 0 2 11 8 32 -24 2
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Posted on October 5, 2013, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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