Bor­ough bat­tle but Brakes too sharp


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By David Lawrence

NEW Nuneaton owner Nick Hawkins saw his side edged out in this War­wick­shire derby clash but must have been im­pressed by their fight­ing spirit as they looked to re­pair the dam­age of a dis­mal first half.

Leam­ing­ton dom­i­nated the open­ing pe­riod, scor­ing af­ter just eight min­utes. A thun­der­ing 25-yard free-kick from Con­nor Gudger crashed against the bar and Colby Bishop re­acted quick­est to head in the loose ball.

The Brakes con­tin­ued to press and af­ter Bishop had put a header wide, Jack Ed­wards was given too much space at a cor­ner on the half-hour but man­aged to di­rect his header at Boro keeper Ross Etheridge.

Leam­ing­ton’s con­tin­ual pres­sure was re­warded when they dou­bled their ad­van­tage on 32 min­utes. Bishop did well to con­trol a long ball for­ward and with the home side fail­ing to clear their lines, Dun­bar swept the ball into the net.

Nuneaton strike pair Shane Ben­jamin and Harry Panayiotou drilled ef­forts just wide of the tar­get with the for­mer also forc­ing a save out of Tony Bree­den, but the vis­i­tors did enough even though Dior An­gus rat­tled the bar late on.

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