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Nuneaton Town 0-1 Braintree Town

Braintree midfielder Dan Sparkes scored his fifth goal in four games to snatch a late victory over Conference strugglers Nuneaton Town.

The hosts were on the back foot for much of the first half, as Bernard Mensah forced Boro keeper Max Crocombe into a string of saves.

Andy Brown and Josh Rees both almost broke the deadlock for Nuneaton but keeper Nick Hamann remained untested.

Sparkes eventually found the game's only goal when he curled the ball home.

After their third successive defeat - and their second 1-0 reverse of the Easter weekend - 22nd-placed Nuneaton are now six points adrift of safety, with just three games left.

Their next game, this coming Saturday, is at 23rd-placed Dartford, on a day when both sides could conceivably be relegated on the same day.

Line-ups

Nuneaton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Crowcombe
  • 20Wheeler
  • 11Streete
  • 17SmithSubstituted forGordonat 69'minutes
  • 3Franklin
  • 8OglebySubstituted forSodjeat 75'minutes
  • 15Rees
  • 4Cowan
  • 10BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 27Dawson
  • 6Walker

Substitutes

  • 5Dean
  • 9Gordon
  • 18Brown
  • 19Wren
  • 28Sodje

Braintree

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hamann
  • 23PetersBooked at 75mins
  • 17MensahSubstituted forMulleyat 73'minutes
  • 4Isaac
  • 3Habergham
  • 5Paine
  • 6Massey
  • 8Davis
  • 15Akinola
  • 18CoxSubstituted forBrundleat 30'minutes
  • 11SparkesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 2Brundle
  • 16Maybanks
  • 24Moore
  • 26Mulley
  • 29Pentney
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
636

Match Stats

Home TeamNuneatonAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nuneaton Town 0, Braintree Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nuneaton Town 0, Braintree Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

  4. Post update

    Theo Streete (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Booking

    Andy Brown (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andy Brown (Nuneaton Town).

  7. Post update

    Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Braintree Town. Simeon Akinola tries a through ball, but Simeon Akinola is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town).

  12. Post update

    Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Braintree Town. Simeon Akinola tries a through ball, but Simeon Akinola is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  15. Booking

    Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town).

  17. Post update

    Jaanai Gordon (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 0, Braintree Town 1. Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Habergham with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Rees (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

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