by a very respectable crowd (477) Leamington kicked off on a sunny,
but blustery day, towards the Harbury Lane end. Nuneaton
settled quickly, straight away passing the ball neatly and
demonstrating that they are definitely a good few leagues higher in
the non-league Pyramid and looking likely to dominate the game.
After 10 minutes Leamington had settled too,
passing the ball around, but with the final ball letting them down.
Nuneaton kept the majority of the possession, reducing Leamington to
having to attack on the break, but good work, especially by Gregory,
reduced them to long shots that didn't worry Sidhu in goal - Wickson
also put in a crucial clearance from a cross.
25 minutes made the breakthrough they promised when a ball played to
their left saw Sidhu come racing out for a ball that wasn't really
his. The receiving Borough player calmly lobbed the ball over
the keepers head to the far post where it went in despite some
frantic efforts on the line.
For the next 15 minutes or so Leamington, despite
being on the back foot, managed to get back into the game - making
long range chances for Timms and Mort - and held out the reasonably
comfortably at the back. Then, after a mix up in defending,
Borough made it 2-0 with a tame shot and then set about outplaying
Brakes for the 5 minutes before half-time.
made 2 changes at half time, Webb and Shearsby coming on for Burgess
and Agar, but Nuneaton settled quickly and two goals in quick
succession made the score 4-0 within 10 minutes of the re-start.
Sidhu was looking in hesitant in goal, especially when one on one
with an attacker, choosing to stand and invite a shot rather than
making himself "wide" and challenging the ball.
Nuneaton then continued to pass the ball with
confidence, looking a class above Leamington, as they continued to
press with long shots and corners. They soon made it 5 in 57th
minute. Leamington bought on Eden in the 70th minute to play
behind Nicholls and Shearsby, but even this added attacker didn't
bring much rewards, and Borough made it 6-0 in the 74th minute.
With the Borough fans shouting "we want 10" Nuneaton
carried on passing and attacking.
The introduction of Curphey and Stacey in the 77th
minute almost bought a goal as Curphey, with his first touch, bought
the ball down and fired the ball hard at the goalkeepers left - but
the Boro keeper, making his only noticeable save of the game, pushed
the ball for a corner.
To be fair, despite taking a hammering in the
second half Leamington never resorted to long ball tactics, they
patiently still tried to pass the ball up the field. It would
have been so easy for the players to lose heart and keep booting the
ball in hope. And it was against an established Conference
side who had definitely come to win. The only moan would be
that Adams, despite making himself available in plenty of space on
the right, wasn't utilised enough and too much play went up the