The hosts will feel a little fortunate to escape with a 3-2 victory after the Boro’ dominated the final thirty minutes with goals from Carl Baker and Adam McGurk but it wasn’t enough as the Blues shot in to a 3-0 lead.
Boro’ started brightly with chances falling to Dior Angus, whose shot was well saved, and Miles Addison, whose overhead kick was too close to Grant Shenton in the Chester goal. The hosts took full advantage in the 17th minute when they had their first significant chance. Can Belford made a fine save from a powerful header but he couldn’t stop the follow up as Danny Livesey reacted quickest and headed home at the far post.
Four minutes later Anthony Dudley smashed in from the edge of the area as Boro’ couldn’t clear from their own box. Jon Moran was lucky to only see yellow when he clattered in to Devon Kelly-Evans. Chester had chances to increase their lead before the break, looking the most likely team to score as the match moved towards the half time break.
The second period started with a bang as Dan Mooney cut in off the right wing and smashed a stunning drive in to the top left hand corner in the 49th minute. Nicky Eaden’s side refused to fold though and took complete control of the match for the remainder. Baker wound up the Referee’s notebook for a foul in the 55th minute that had Chester’s fans calling for a sterner punishment.
They were even less impressed with the former Coventry City Captain when he weaved his way around the home defence and scored his first Boro’ goal, aided by a deflection. A few minutes later the midfield maestro played a sublime through ball that set Kelly-Evans away to charge in on goal but the diminutive winger couldn’t keep his effort down as Shenton rushed out to shut him down.
Nuneaton were growing in confidence and McGurk and Baker both forced saves from Shenton. Harry Panayiotou almost connected with Shane Benjamin but his ball across goal was agonisingly out of reach for the powerful frontman. The second came minutes later as a left wing cross picked out McGurk at the far post for the former Portsmouth forward to head home. Boro’ were flying with 10 minutes to play and went in search of the equaliser.
There were chances for both sides as the game drew to a conclusion, Belford making a double save and Shenton being called in to action on numerous occasions but Boro’ ran out of time in what was a tremendous second half fight back. Next up is a home match with another playoff chasing side, as Kidderminster Harriers visit Liberty Way on Saturday.
Updated 23:23 - 6 Nov 2018 by Adam Etheridge