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Blyth Spartans
D Angus (85')
Full time
D Maguire (26', 49'), J Rivers (46')
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 505

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.

Nuneaton Borough 1 Blyth Spartans 3 (01.12.18)
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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

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Carl Baker

Player of the Match

Carl Baker

Key moments

Goal Daniel Maguire scores for Blyth Spartans
Goal Jarrett Rivers scores for Blyth Spartans
Goal Daniel Maguire scores for Blyth Spartans
Goal Dior Angus scores for Nuneaton Borough

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90:00 Player of the Match
Carl Baker is awarded player of the match for Nuneaton Borough
86:00 Sub On
Bradley Fewster is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
86:00 Sub Off
Daniel Maguire is substituted off for Blyth Spartans
85:00 Goal 1 - 3
Dior Angus scores for Nuneaton Borough
85:00 Assist
Reece Leek makes an assist for Nuneaton Borough
82:00 Sub Off
Sean Reid is substituted off for Blyth Spartans
82:00 Sub On
Damien Mullen is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
64:00 Yellow Card
Reece Leek is yellow carded for Nuneaton Borough
61:00 Sub On
Jamie Holmes is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
61:00 Sub Off
Kieran Green is substituted off for Blyth Spartans
56:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Green is yellow carded for Blyth Spartans
52:00 Sub Off
Adam McGurk is substituted off for Nuneaton Borough
52:00 Sub On
Reece Leek is substituted on for Nuneaton Borough
49:00 Goal 0 - 3
Daniel Maguire scores for Blyth Spartans
46:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jarrett Rivers scores for Blyth Spartans
End of period 1
26:00 Goal 0 - 1
Daniel Maguire scores for Blyth Spartans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nuneaton Borough
  • Blyth Spartans
  • 0
  • Daniel Maguire Goal 26:00'
  • Jarrett Rivers Goal 46:00'
  • Daniel Maguire Goal 49:00'
  • Adam McGurk Sub Off 52:00'
  • Reece Leek Sub On 52:00'
  • Kieran Green Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Kieran Green Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jamie Holmes Sub On 61:00'
  • Reece Leek Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Sean Reid Sub Off 82:00'
  • Damien Mullen Sub On 82:00'
  • Dior Angus Goal 85:00'
  • Reece Leek Assist 85:00'
  • Bradley Fewster Sub On 86:00'
  • Daniel Maguire Sub Off 86:00'

Team selection

Blyth Spartans
  • 1. Peter Jameson
  • 2. Alex Nicholson
  • 3. Michael Liddle
  • 4. Kieran Green
  • 5. Aaron Cunningham
  • 6. Jordan Watson
  • 7. Jarrett Rivers
  • 8. Connor Oliver
  • 9. Daniel Maguire
  • 10. Sean Reid
  • 11. Robert Dale
  • 12. Bradley Fewster
  • 13. Jamie Holmes
  • 14. Damien Mullen
  • 15. Ian Watson
  • 16. Lewis Horner

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Guiseley 17 20
17. Darlington 20 20
18. FC United Of Manchester 20 20
19. Southport 18 18
20. Hereford 19 18
21. Ashton United 19 17
22. Nuneaton Borough 20 14

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