Nuneaton V Imps The Teams & Schemes
Mansfield Town winger Louis Briscoe aside, this is make or break for Nuneaton Town in an early clash of pretenders to the Skill Premiership promotion campaign trail. Both are surprise candidates to the hustings with Lincoln City and the hosts both hard-working sides who are eager to gate crash their rich and big-spending rivals’ party.
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The potential teams
The potential Boro team
Kevin Wilkin 3-5-2
11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan
16 York 13 Sleath 6 Walker 7 Armson 3 Bell
10 Brown 9 Moult
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Tomlinson Power Jordan
The late 5 pm announcement of loan signing Briscoe, a right winger, could see Boro revert to 4-4-2, a formation employed just once this season against Wrexham (W2-0), or 4-3-3. However the 3-5-2 formation will sit well against our one 5 man phalanx down the middle. Ten in the middle will make opportunities scarce suggesting new Stag loan Briscoe could be used to break the deadlock in an impact role, as Bell and York are more than capable of causing The Imps problems with pace and trickery down the flanks. A particularly interesting and exciting contest will see Yorke and Newton, the finest two full/wing backs in the Skrill Premier come face to face tomorrow down their right and our left flanks.
Both sides use set pieces, with the long throw of particular threat thanks to Streete and Miller who can both play in midfield or defence. Miller will need some assistance to deal with Armson and Bell, should he get forward as he has done to terrific effect so far this term. The midfield trio are useful having delivered 11 assists already this season suggesting Foster may start as Simmo tinkers with the two in the 4-2-3-1. Armson (5 assists) Walker (3) and Sleath (3) have terrific understanding and swarm to cut down the space with Bell and York quick to support them. But Nolan, Power and Thomlinson will run them ragged on the counter you feel leaving the three at the back open to a sucker punch.
The three central defenders have height and the wing-backs have pace and energy to get up and down the flanks, but with Newton and Miller supplying our width and the pace and strength of Tomlinson and Wright you feel their are goals to be had at either end. That is if the two sides do not get bogged down in some Somme-like battle of attrition in the middle of course given the two five man trenches. This suggests Briscoe or a throw from either Streete or Miller could break the deadlock in decisive fashion. Streete has a long throw to match that of Miller or Gray and with the two remaining centre-backs moving up to support strikers Moult and Brown who are in fine form, the former is the leading marksman in the SPL with 9 and the latter has also bagged four .
The set-pieces will be interesting in either box tomorrow to say the least with Jordan, Brown, Boyce and our own late great weapon of mass destruction, Big Bohan, also a massive threat to Dean, Cowan and Streete’s serene calmness. Streete has three yellows to his name so far and Thomlinson 4, so something is going to blow down that left channel with willow-the-wisp Newton eager to get forward to release his bouncing bombs. Superb Belshaw the England’s University keeper is also keeping out Evtimov the Nottingham Forest loan keeper who is due to return home on 17th October.
The three defeats on the spin have been harsh on Nuneaton who have dominated every game. They are not second for nothing and the 3-0 defeat at Cambridge could have been very different if luck had gone their way. During the opening 15 minutes of the second half the United keeper made three great saves with the front two also missing a golden opportunity each. Moult the division’s leading sorer, with 9, rarely lets teams off lightly. But then nor does Tomlinson or for that matter young Wright when he is fit and of a mind
For those who missed the managerial comparisons and stats fill your boots……………..
|Gary Simpson||Manager||Kevin Wilkin|
|4-2-3-1 /various||Formation||3-5-2 or 4-4-2|
|3-0 V Hyde (H)||Biggest win||3-1 V Southport (H)|
|2-3 Luton (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-3 V Cambridge (A)|
|14,122||Total Turnstile Clicks||7,406|
|2646 v Salisbury||Hi||1561 V Wrexham|
|1879 V Southport||Low||919 V Southport|
Heroes & Villains
Current & Overall Form
Historic Tale of the Tape
|AT LINCOLN CITY (2)||AT NUNEATON TOWN (1)|
|Lincoln City||2||100||Nuneaton Town||1||100|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Lincoln City||0||0|
|Lincoln City||3||1.5||Nuneaton Town||1||1|
|Nuneaton Town||1||0.5||Lincoln City||0||0|
|NEUTRAL GROUND (0)||TOTALS (3 MATCHES)|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||2||66.7|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Nuneaton Town||1||33.3|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||3||1|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Nuneaton Town||2||0.7|
|Highest Aggregate||3||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||2012/2013|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||2||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||2012/2013|
|Highest Nuneaton Town score:||1||Nuneaton Town||1 – 0||Lincoln City||2012/2013|
The Three Previous Meetings
|2012/2013||Sat 16 Mar||Nuneaton Town||1 – 0||Lincoln City||Blue Sq Premier|
|2012/2013||Tue 25 Sep||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||Blue Sq Premier|
|2010/2011||Sat 06 Nov||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Nuneaton Town||F.A. Cup|