Nuneaton 2 Imps 1 – Leicester Loan Striker Settles it with A Stunner

Leicester City winger Adam Dawson settled this one for Nuneaton against Lincoln City with a long range moment of quality in a start-stop game.  Liam Daish is at it again, they wanted and won every second ball… but let us not get too ahead of ourselves first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake a Boro or Imp fan at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 11
Scorers  30′ Fowler 39′ Miller 67 Dawson
Attendance 928  (704 Boro  224 Imps )
Ref Mr Bennett

Teams & schemes

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Liam Daish goes 4-2-3-1
30 Charles-Cook
29 Charles 11 Streete  5 Dean (C)  3 Franklin
7 Armson 22 Dyer  26 Fowler
   9 Hutchinson 25 Curran (Y-65)   30 Dawson (Y-92)
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson  10 Ledsham   22 Marshall
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  5 Brown (C)  2 Miller
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions
The Head Bench:  19 Wren,  18 Brown, 17 Smith, 6 Walker, 4 Cowan
Substitutions:   53 ‘ Walker on for Dyer  91’ Brown on for Fowler.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice, 6 Diagne, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  26′ Diagne on for Anderson 59′ Power on for Nolan.

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

The Imps force a corner. Newton’s delivery is half cleared and Tomlinson’s boot is too high so a free-kick is given. Early doors the Imps are closing down the space and failing to find any quality final ball, then again Daish has Boro battling for every second ball as if it were their last. Newbie Dawson looks useful and cuts inside but Anderson reads and finds Sam-Yorke before Dean snuffs the danger.  Armson is also looking useful but  Imps captain Brown clears his delivery.

Marshall finds some space after winning a brave 50/50 with Franklin, and with the Imps forward in numbers  Streete superbly gets a toe to the ball to clear the danger. Dawson again gets the better of Miller and centres, but, Hutchinson’s header is very week.  Keeper Charles-Cook gets it wrong pushes Tomlinson over yet incredibly no free-kick is given. With the ball just outside the box there was no question of a penalty but a last man red was stonewall.  The long sticky pitch and the niggly fouls are interrupting a potentially exciting end to end game.

The away support is immense both in terms of volume and numbers (surprisingly only 224 given in a crowd of 900). Hutchinson gets another opportunity thanks to a ball from Fowler but just can’t get his feet right to get a shot away. Sam-Yorke turns his man and is then fowled by Fowler, yet incredibly he is deemed to have gone down easy. Simmo is incensed for the second time in the opening 15 minutes.  A long throw from Miller sees the height advantage pay off again.  The keeper cannot claim, Tomlinson slides in but Streete clears off the line.  A bullet from Curran lacks just the dip as the ball whistles over the bar

Newton floats in a free-kick Anderson rises supreme but Franklin, covering the far post, clears off the line. Franklin sends in a great free-kick only for the offside flag to end the threat and possibly Anderson’s game and his Imps career as he seems to roll an ankle.   After treatment he comes back into the fray.  Townsend double fists clear a free-kick as the start stop game continues. Sam-Yorke has the pace and power yet the referee is never giving him the benefit of the doubt. Another tackle from rush keeper Charles-Cooke clatters him to the ground. Anderson goes down again but with the physio busy it takes a couple of minutes before he is substituted with Diagne the replacement.

Armson seems to have the beating of Newton who deflects his cross for a corner.  The corner is easily dealt with although Miller gives away a needless free-kick for a foul on Streete.  The free-kick from Fowler is allowed to bounce four times, eluding every defender, and Nuneaton player before trickling inside the far post with Dean claiming a touch.  Miller gets down the line, delivers an out-swinger but Ledsha’s header is well wide.  Finally Sam-Yorke gets a free-kick with both centre-backs struggling to deal with him.

Sam-Yorke looks useful again, Dean robs him but his clearance finds Mendy who goes for power and shoots wide. Dean is penalised for  a challenge on Sam-Yorke much to the consternation of the home faithful and the six-foot soldiers finally break though.  Newton sends over a floater, Miller rises supreme heads downwards and the ball bounces into the centre of the net for the equaliser.  Tomlinson feeds Sam-Yorke with Dean clearing for a throw with the brave but overly busy keeper in no man’s land.  Dean has had a great half so far, so has Sam-Yorke with the two enjoying an enthusing dual.

Second Half

A lively start to the second half as Fowler conjures a cross that Dawson heads just wide. A Curran drive is blocked by Brown  and a Miller throw finds Ledsham who crashes a drive against bar with the Imps ready to rise on the terrace behind.  A terrific ball ball from Dawson finds Hutchinson who flicks a header against the post.  Daish  shows ambition as Walker comes on for Dyer

Tomlinson is robbed, Diagne challenges but Curran still gets a shot in that goes wide. Alan Power replaces Jon Nolan. Curran throws his arms up and Brown falls to the floor clutching his head for the first yellow card of the day.  Ben Hutchinson sends a direct free-kick fizzing wide. A moment of real quality from the new  Leicester loanee.  Newton fails to shadow and stop the cross come shot that flies over Townsend for a spectacular strike – a stunner all of thirty-five yards into the far top corner.

The result will do for Nuneaton and the Liam Daish game plan has worked a treat.  His first loan signing clearly a star for for the future has struck and Dean has had a captain’s game as he always does.  Fowler has bossed things in the middle with some clever thoughtful stuff that has dictated the pace of the play. The Imps have failed to get going against a resolute Boro side who, desperate for points, have disrupted the flow even if they have lived dangerously against our aerial superiority.  Naturally the time wasting comes into play as well, but that would be sour grapes – mental note send Mr Bennett a digital watch for Christmas.

But in truth the match has been punctuated by free-kicks, physios magic sponges and a referee that misses more than a blind juggler wearing boxing gloves smothered in lard. Power finally touches the ball but it is a quality one,  finding Brown who lashes a drive that Charles-Cook claws back with a terrific one-handed save.  A glorious rising 25-yarder from Fowler whistles wide. Walker also has a dig from distance that needs a great save from Townsend as the minutes tick down. Lincoln threaten at the last but Charles-Cook smoothers an effort from Power and hits a huge one that Curran beats two brilliantly before firing harmlessly wide from distance.  Fowler comes off for Anton Brown to a standing ovation as the clock is run down by the hosts.

The Stats & League Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed


51 % Ball 49 %

3 Shots on 2
6 Misses 4
4 Saves 3
7 Corners 5
3 Offside 1
14 Fouls 17
2 Yellows 0
0  Reds 0

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The Table

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7

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Posted on October 4, 2014, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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