Nuneaton Borough 1-3 Blyth Spartans
Dior Angus grabbed his seventh goal of the season for Nuneaton Borough, but it wasn’t enough to overturn the deficit against Blyth Spartans, thanks to a Danny Maguire brace.
Maguire opened the scoring in the 26th minute for the Spartans to score his 8th goal this season. He initially forced Cam Belford into a great save, but the ball found its way back to Blyth’s lead scorer. He shuffled back onto his favoured right foot and placed his effort into the bottom corner.
Boro’ would have felt hard done by in the first half, as plenty of chances fell their way. They definitely started on the front foot, as Carl Baker tested the keeper in just the first minute, but as the Spartans began to work back into the game, they took the lead.
Angus then struck the post in first half stoppage time, after beating the Blyth fullback on the right side of the penalty area. Peter Jameson simply had to watch and hope, as the effort bounced off his right post.
But Nuneaton were soon found to rue their missed chances, as Blyth went two ahead one minute into the second half. Jarret Rivers was quickest to the ball in the box, and he tapped in from six yards to extend their lead.
With such a promising end to the first 45, Lee Fowler will have been disappointed to fall two down, straight after the break.
But, two goals in three minutes for Alun Armstrong’s side, really took the sting out of Boro’. A second for Maguire put them three goals up, as he made no mistake to slot past Belford again.
Angus latched onto a loose ball to tap home for Boro in the 84th minute. It tallies him to seven goals this season. Substitute Reece Leek made the most of Baker’s nutmeg and pass, which found its way into Leeks path. He beat the keeper to the ball, and Jameson could only parry into the direction of Angus to tap home.
But that late goal, was not enough to spark a spectacular comeback, which leaves Nuneaton sitting rock bottom of the league, with 11 points. Blyth however move up into 10th after this result as they win three games on the bounce in the National league North.
Report by Zack Jones