A tale of two halves as spoils shared at the Singles Stadium
Nuneaton Griff 1 Brocton 1 - Jack Weldon scores for the Badgers who will rue missed chances in the first half.
In a game which looked to be going according yo league form in the first half, Nuneaton’s desire to gain their first point of the season was all to evident as the Badgers couldn’t convert chances into goals.
This year’s visit to the Pingles Stadium began with the introduction of two new players with Nathaniel Lewars joining the club and Ben Douglas returning to Brocton on dual forms with Stafford Rangers. The Badgers started the game with new signings Lewars straight into the fray, busily looking to hold up play with Jack Weldon and Adam Weldon supporting. Both Weldon’s on either flank continued to cause problems for the Griff defence, especially on set pieces where Griff’s keeper Bailey regularly cleared the ball from his line. On 16, Jack Weldon forced a full length flicked save from Bailey and shortly after, the Griff defence cleared from the line from a Nelson header to keep it level. However, the Badgers then deservedly took the lead through Jack Weldon. Weldon picked the ball up 20 yards outside the box, jinked past a defender then found some space just inside the box and hit a superbly accurate shot which hit the inside of the left hand post and in, leaving Bailey no chance. With Brocton in the ascendancy, the front line of Lewars, Wilson, Weldon and KImmins continued to push forward and second goal seemed imminent, but the chances were not finished and a 1-0 lead is always fragile. Then, on 43, Griff struck with their equaliser. A scrappy corner wasn’t cleared by the Brocton defence and Ashley Wilkes was not closed down on the edge of box quick enough. He had time to set and placed the ball perfectly in the top right hand corner of Wiggins goal, leaving the keeper no chance.
The second half resumed with Nuneaton now pressing the Brocton back line far more than before. However, in pressing forward, space was created at the back and Weldon had a wonderful 1 on 1 chance with Bailey, but the Griff stopper did well to thwart the chance. With the midfield becoming ragged from both sides, the last 20 minutes became very end to end with attack vs defence for both sides. Brocton made changes with Cooper. Kimberley and Douglas all coming on, but still the game could have swung either way. Griff wasted the best chance of the half to win the match as 2 on 1 opportunity arose with Griff sub King. With a supporting Griff player to his right and the goal at their mercy, King inexplicably failed to make the ten yard pass which would have seen them take the lead. Badgers lived to fight another day and almost converted the opportunity with again Jack Weldon latching onto a ball, rounding the keeper, but the angle become too tight and the shot hitting the side netting. Wilson continued to pull strings in the middle, but neither Brocton or Griff could force the win and a draw became the fair result.
Wiggins, A Weldon, Jamie Weldon, Scott, Nelson, Devoir, Kimmins, Geldart, Lewars, Wilson, Jack Weldon.
Kimberley, Cooper, Douglas.
Jack Weldon (22)