March 22, 2015
NUNEATON turned the league table on its head.
They earn three massive points at title chasing Macclesfield.
(Match report adapted from the Nuneaton News with many thanks.)
The win, coupled with a draw between Chester and Alfreton in Derbyshire, means the Boro have narrowed the gap to seven points with the last month of the season on the horizon.
Despite almost the length of the division separating the two sides Nuneaton gave as good as they got in the only exchanges, just failing in the last third of the pitch.
Defensively, Max Crocombe was untested throughout the opening 45 minutes, Gaz Dean and Theo Streete marshalling well in-front of him once again and leaving the on-loan Oxford man with a mere spectator role.
The Boro had chances. George Maris guilty of missing the most clear-cut, heading wide when a deep cross to the far post found him unmarked. It was not just the Barnsley man who should have done better, though.
James Armson also wasted his opportunity, scuffing his volley into the ground before it reached Taylor, the Boro midfielder was well placed before his effort was miscued.
The second half saw the home side come into the game more, their need for points being just as strong as that of Nuneaton. Dean and Streete ensured that the gung-ho approach from Macclesfield did not convert to chances on goal, though, a toe here, a head there, the defensive duo mopping up superbly to any trouble that came their way.
At the other end the introduction of new-man Lucas Dawson nearly had an immediate impact for Liam Daish, the midfielder’s first touch for Nuneaton seeing-him set himself on the edge of the box, his second sending a shot goalwards that brought a smart save out of Taylor in the Silkmen goal.
Despite the game being far from poor, it was in the last minutes that things really bounced into life. First, with time ticking away, skipper Theo Streete missed a glorious chance to give the visitors all three points, his one-on-one effort with Taylor saw the keeper coming off best.
But, moments later, Taylor was left with no chance as a cross-cum-shot from new-man Josh Rees, looked to be heading wide, but substitute Onome Sodje stole in, sliding the ball home to give Nuneaton a well deserved – if not expected – victory.
NUNEATON TOWN: Crocombe, Franklin, Dean, Streete, Wheeler, Anton Brown, Rees, Armson, Maris (Dawson 66) , Ogleby (Cowan 86), Brown (Sodje 80) Subs not used: Walker, Wren,
MACCLESFIELD TOWN: Taylor, Halls, Audel, Pilkington, Turnbull (Fairhurst 59), Moke (Phenix HT), Bell, Whitaker (Lewis HT), Grant, Barnes-Homer, Bailey-Jones. Subs not used:, Cowan, , Branagan.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Theo Streete.