Match Preview | Nuneaton Borough (A)

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH

Venue: Liberty Way, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Date: Saturday 1st Decemberr 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm

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By Stuart Dick

Blyth Spartans return to league action for the first time since back-to-back wins over Curzon Ashton and Stockport County at Croft Park. Blyth sit 12th in the Vanarama National League North just five points outside of the play-offs, but six points outside the relegation zone in the ultra-competitive league.

Away from home Spartans are currently three unbeaten, taking seven points from the last nine available. Since September 22nd, Spartans have won eight, drawn two and lost just three of their last 13 games.

The Opposition:

Nuneaton Borough have had a tough season both on and off the field and sit 22nd in the National League North table with just 11 points from 18 games. They’ve won just twice in league competition away at Curzon Ashton and at home against FC United of Manchester, six of those points coming at Liberty Way.

They have another unwanted record, with six players sent off in 18 games to date in the league, Curtis Obeng with two himself.

The tale of the tape:

This will be the 16th time Blyth Spartans and Nuneaton Borough (also known as Nuneaton Town for a period) with Spartans having won four, drawn eight and lost three.

At Liberty Way have drawn six and lost once and will be looking to secure their first away win against Nuneaton Borough in their eighth attempt.

The most famous meeting of the sides was in the 1987 FA Trophy when it took 450 minutes to separate the two teams, three 2-2 draws followed by a 1-0 win for Borough.

The Manager:

There will be a new man in charge in the dugout for Nuneaton after the departure one week ago of Nick Eaden. Assistant Lee Fowler took charge of the FA Trophy defeat to Brackley Town last Saturday.

The former Boro’ player and veteran midfielder will be reunited with Nicky Eaden, who was Assistant Manager at Kettering Town whilst Lee had a successful playing spell there in 2009.

A former Coventry City youngster who made the Wales bench against Argentina in 2002, Fowler has played at all levels of the Football League and National League since making his professional breakthrough in 2001. 

The Key Man:

Dior Angus has made 22 appearances for far this season scoring seven goals and is Nuneaton Borough’s biggest threat going forward.

A forward from Coventry and the son of Boro’ legend Terry Angus. In six matches on loan with Tamworth last season he netted three times. The hard-working forward has also had spells with division rivals Leamington and Kidderminster Harriers but secured a permanent deal with Port Vale after an impressive run with Redditch United that saw him score 17 times. Angus is on loan with the Boro’ until January

Spartans Team News and Milestones:

Robert Dale is now just two goals away from 200 in a Blyth Spartans shirt.

Damen Mullen is now just two games away from 200 in a Blyth Spartans shirt.

Dan Maguire is now just five goals away from 150 in a Blyth Spartans shirt.

Peter Jameson and Sean Reid are the only ever-presents left this season having played in all 23 games to date.

Posted by Stuart Dick