Saturday, December 3, 2011
Blue Square Bet North
EASTWOOD TOWN 0
NUNEATON TOWN 5
Wesley York 19
Simon Forsdick 59
Justin Marsden 71
Mark Noon 87
Ben Pugh 89
by Andy Cope
EASTWOOD had no answer to visitors Nuneaton as despite an improved, battling display, they were again comprehensively beaten.
The Badgers made a solid start in pushing the visitors onto the back foot, however Danny Glover served an early warning to the Eastwood defence by thumping the crossbar with a powerful header in the ninth minute.
The visitors took the lead through a well-taken goal by Wesley York. A ball over the central defence saw the striker outstrip debutant Liam Francis and he calmly lifted the ball over James Severn in the Eastwood goal.
Paul Riley volleyed well over the top when in a good positio and Josh Burge tested the keeper on a couple of occasions from outside the box, but generally the defences were on top and chances were at a premium at both ends.
Burge then should have put the home side back on level terms during the opening exchanges of the secondhalf.
He picked up the ball inside the box, dropped his shoulder and created himself half a yard on the edge of the six yard box, but fired wide with the goal gaping.
The Badgers were still very much in with a chance but all that changed when Simon Forsdick picked up the ball just inside the Eastwood half. With the midfield and defence backing off , the ball sat up perfectly and he produced a stunning 35 yard half volley which hit the inside of the far post leaving Severn grasping at thin air.
The killer goal came a few minutes later when Justin Marsden scored a great individual effort. Picking the ball up out right, he cut back onto his left foot and fired powerfully past Severn into the corner of the net.
Nuneaton were now rampant as Eastwood’s heads dropped, with the visitors looking capable of scoring with every attack.
So it was with credit that the home side managed to hold out until four minutes from the end.
Nuneaton’s star player York managed to escape the defence down the right and his precision cross was met superbly by Mark Noon arriving late at the far post to score with a diving header.
York hadn’t finished and with a couple of minutes remaining he escaped his marker down the left and ran into the box. His shot struck the foot of the post, but the rebound fell to the feet of Ben Pugh who made no mistake from the rebound to give the game a slightly unrealistic score line.
Eastwood: 1 James Severn 2 Sam Wood 3 Sam Benjamin 4 Danny Elliott (Alex Troke 70) 5 David Haggerty (Jevaise Christie 65) 6 Liam Francis 7 Steve Istead 8 Josh Burge 9 Luke Edwards 10 Markel Bailey (Jason Bradley 88) 11 Paul Riley Subs not used: Gavin Caines Att: 415
Best Badger: Josh Burge