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Nuneaton Borough 1 - 2 AFC Telford United

Match Date: 1/1/2019
Competition: National League North
Kick Off: 15:00
Attendance: 763

Andre Brown79
Henry Cowans82
Opposition Own Goals: 0

Team Sheet
Andy Wycherley
Ross White
Ellis Deeney
Jonathan Royle
Dominic Smith
Theo Streete
Ryan Barnett
Brendon Daniels
Amari Morgan-Smith
Daniel Udoh
Darryl Knights

Stephan Morley

Henry Cowans ( Replaced Ryan Barnett, 63 mins)
James McQuilkin ( Replaced Jonathan Royle, 45 mins)
Andre Brown ( Replaced Amari Morgan-Smith, 53 mins)
Shane Sutton

Ellis DeeneyY

Referee: Aaron Jackson
Assistant 1: Andrew Genders
Assistant 2: Richard Walker
Official 4: n/a

The Bucks began 2019 as they had ended 2018, with a victory; however, the circumstances of their win at Liberty Way were markedly different from the victory over Nuneaton on Boxing Day and Leamington three days later.

With an unchanged starting eleven, optimism was high, but an extremely sluggish start, allied to a Nuneaton performance full of vigour and endeavour, had the Bucks looking like they had staggered in late from Hogmanay. Prompted by the excellent Carl Baker, Boro pressed, denying the Bucks possession and the chance to settle. Baker had already had a shot saved by Andy Wycherley when, on 19 minutes, they took the lead. Former Buck Jordan Lussey, a recent Boro signing, found space in the box to shoot; Wycherley saved well but the ball ran to Ryan Edmunds and he finished high into the net from little more than six yards.

Buoyed by the goal, Boro continued to look the more threatening as the Bucks laboured. Amari Morgan-Smith had their best chance of the half, heading wide from a right-wing cross, whilst just after the half-hour Dior Angus headed narrowly over after Baker’s fine run and cross.

HALF TIME: Nuneaton Borough 1 AFC Telford United 0

Gavin Cowan replaced Jon Royle at the interval, James McQuilkin the man introduced, and he helped engineer the Bucks revival, though it took some time to arrive. Andre Brown and Henry Cowans also came on, replacing Morgan-Smith and Ryan Barnett, and the two were to help swing the game the Bucks way.

Boro couldn’t maintain their energy levels, and with around 20 minutes to go the Bucks started to break the defensive lines with more frequency. Knights shot wide when played through, whilst new signing Brendon Daniels started to click. His fine free-kick, saved by Belford, resulted in a corner which Brown headed home at the far post on 79 minutes. Four minutes later the turnaround was complete, as another cross from the left was met six yards out by Cowans to score.

The hosts couldn’t find a second wind, and it took a terrific interception from defender Mike Calveley to stop Daniel Udoh making it 3-1; keeper Belford hit a clearance straight at Udoh, who couldn’t beat Calveley to the loose ball.

It mattered not; the Bucks saw the game through. They had been well below par, but still had the three points.

Nuneaton Borough: Belford (c), Obeng, Kelly-Evans, Calveley, Addison, Hildreth, Baker, Lussey (Lyne 72), Angus, Edmunds (Panayiotou 83), Leek (Jennings 83).

Unused Substitutes: Basso, Morrison.

Scorers: Edmunds (19).

Bookings: Addison, Kelly-Evans.

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