North Notts return to winning ways against Nuneaton

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North Notts defeated win-less Nuneaton 3-0 at a rain sodden Manor Park to overcome a poor run of defeats.

Still without influential top goal scorer Allen Butler, Notts were looking to bounce back from defeats against Boots and Nottingham Trent University.

North Notts looked sharp in the early exchanges and a short corner on three minutes found the Nuneaton Keeper in fine form as he kept out William Butler.

During the early exchanges it was obvious that Nuneaton were going to rely on quick breakaway’s to put the home side on the back foot with Notts looking to press high.

Nuneaton’s tactics almost reaped rewards when on 12 minutes they forced Notts keeper Paul Unwin into three incredible reflex saves at point blank range.

Notts seemed rejuvenated with this let off and continued to exert pressure on the Nuneaton goal and only a string of fine save again by the Nuneaton keeper kept the scores level.

Despite the sporting nature of the fixture the umpires felt the need to dish out several green cards during the first half and a yellow card on 25 minutes for Jason Barton for an unknown offence.

Half-time saw Notts go in all level and manager Jay Faulkner was keen to keep the side focused on the job at hand.

With the game six minutes back into the restart, Notts got the break they needed when a slick move involving Marc Johnson found Josh Singleton who’s shot hit a post and was stopped on the line, illegally according to the umpire who resulted in awarding the home side a penalty stroke.

The stroke was dispatched with consummate ease by William Butler to leave Notts fully in the driving seat and the away side having to press higher up the pitch leaving gaps for North Notts to expose.

43 minutes saw a great chance for Jason Barton end up just wide of the post and a minute later Josh Singleton came close firing the ball over the bar.

Nuneaton were now reduced to sporadic attacks and were suffering with the umpire’s strict discipline losing 2 players to yellow cards.

The game was over as a contest on 63 minutes when a reverse strike from William Butler that was flying over the bar was unfortunately redirected by the unfortunate Nuneaton keepers stick at full stretch and ended up nestling into the home side’s goal.

A further yellow card for Nuneaton after an overzealous challenge on winger James Latta enabled Notts to continue pressing and they were rewarded when a James Latta strike was deftly finished from close range by Jason Barton to leave Notts victorious at 3-0.