MATCH REPORT: Nuneaton Borough 0-3 Kings Langley

MATCH REPORT: Nuneaton Borough 0-3 Kings Langley

By Adam Etheridge
10th August
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Boro' suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Kings Langley on Saturday, as the BetVictor Southern League Premier Central got underway.

Strikes by Mitchell Weiss, Callum Adebiyi and Harrison Crawford gave Lango all three points at Liberty Way. A result to match an impressive display by Dean Barker’s side.

The first effort on the opening afternoon fell to one of eight debutants for Boro, Callum Powell. The former Stourbridge winger utilised his pace to cut in from the left, but his effort caused no scare for Melvin Minter in the Kings Langley goal.

Dean Barker’s side came close themselves only a few minutes later, but were denied by the post and then Cam Belford in the Boro goal. Dec Towers was dispossessed by Charlie Ruff, but the former Wingate & Finchley midfielder couldn’t beat the post before the rebound was smartly denied by the Boro skipper.

However, Kings Langley took the lead after 12 minutes from the resulting corner. Kane Farrell’s corner was converted by Mitchell Weiss, giving the Nuneaton defence and goalkeeper no chance of keeping the ball out.

New signing Luke Benbow struck over Minter’s goal before Devon Kelly-Evans stung the palms of the debutant goalkeeper with a direct run and shot.

Nuneaton began the second-half the brightest and had multiple opportunities to equalise through Stuart Beavon, Powell and Benbow. But to the home side’s frustration, the visitors stood firm and solid.

With 20 minutes remaining, defender Adebiyi snatched the ball of Benbow before striking the ball towards goal, sailing over Belford into the back of Boro net to double their lead against the run of play.

The result was confirmed in the final five minutes. Towers found himself unable to deal with a looping ball and substitute Crawford beat Belford to the ball, poking in to make it 3-0.

Matters went from bad to worse in stoppage time for Boro, with Nigel Julien receiving a straight red card for a tackle on Joshua Coldicott-Stevens. The former Barwell man gave referee Scott Chalkley no choice but to end Julien’s debut early.

Two away games await Boro next week. Banbury United will host Jimmy Ginnelly’s men on Tuesday night following their 0-0 draw at Redditch United on Saturday, followed by a trip to AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Andy Peakes and his side began the season with a 2-0 away win at Barwell on Saturday.

Report by Josh Holland

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