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NUNEATON Town are on the road again tomorrow and in a confident frame of mind as they go to Yorkshire to face Harrogate looking to continue where they left off at Stalybridge Celtic in midweek.

Manager Kevin Wilkin witnessed arguably Boro's best away performance of the season, including the excellent Boston win, at Bower Fold where his men had to show not just quality but also resilience and self control.

One player not normally associated with the latter is midfield play-maker Kyle Storer but he was a class apart, no petulance just quality.

Wilkin said: "Kyle concentrated on his game and was outstanding. There were one or two tackles flying in but where as previously he would have stormed in, he kept his cool and composure which was terrific. He let his ability do his talking and in the end Stalybridge just didn't have an answer and we ran out convincing winners.

"It was a great win and one we savoured as it's never easy up there. Now we have to step up to the plate again hopefully carry on where we left off at Stalybridge.

"Our away performances have been excellent.

"It's as though the pressure is off and we play more openly and not worry about making mistakes."

Certainly the defensive frailties that became more obvious after Stuart Pierpoint's injury in the Corby game have been glossed over as the dominant duo of youngster Gareth Dean and orchestrator Guy Hadland empahsised on Tuesday night.

NUNEATON Town looked to have missed out in a bid to sign Kettering Town's highly rated centre-back Nick Green.

The former Barwell defender joined the Poppies last month but has not settled at the Conference club and while Wilkin was hoping to get the 25-year-old on board, it seems as though Green will link up with his home-town club Solihull Borough.

Wilkin, who has a couple of other potential signings in the pipeline, said: "I've spoken to Nick and we discussed terms but I feel he's been offered more at Solihull so it looks likely he'll go there, which is disappointing."

Meanwhile Wilkin waxed lyrical about his team's brilliant 2-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic earlier this week and at the final whistle his Cheshire cat smile said it all. Boro may not have produced the classy, open football fans love to watch but it was a performance that had character, commitment, confidence and no shortage of courage.

Right from the opening whistle it was clear the hosts tried to knock Boro off their stride with a physical and uncompromising game plan but it deservedly came unstuck.

The visitors kept their cool to wrap up a tenth league win in 12 unbeaten outings, consolidate fourth place in the table and stay within four points of leaders Alfreton, albeit having played a fixture more.

To a man Boro battled, foraged and ultimately outclassed their rivals much to the pleasure of Wilkin, who said: "We kept our heads when a few late challenges came in and rose above our opponents to win a really hard game. The lads were composed and in all departments we did a job on Stalybridge.

Redditch 0 Nuneaton 5

By Danielle Hicks on Dec 15, 10 08:28 AM

BORO resumed winning ways with a decisive victory to consolidate their play-off place and leave suffering Redditch firmly entrenched at the foot of the table.

From the start Boro dominated and they raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time. They would have won even more emphatically had they not taken their foot off the gas until the closing stages when a couple of late strikes helped provide their biggest away league win of the season.

With skipper Mark Noon and vice captain Stuart Pierpoint back in the line-up following one-match bans, Boro looked far more at ease than they did in the 1-1 draw at Solihull at the weekend.

From the kick-off Boro poured forward with Simon Forsdick and Guy Hadland bringing saves from keeper Dean Coleman before rock-bottom Redditch, who failed to have a solitary effort on target in the whole 90 minutes, were dealt a cruel blow on 14 minutes.

Kyle Storer, showing restraint and composure after Saturday's red card, rifled in a 40-yard free-kick from wide right and as it skidded into the area the luckless Lee Ayres could only slice the ball past his own keeper from eight yards.

The goal gave the visitors a distinct boost, Lee Moore clipping the outside of a post following good build-up play from Justin Marsden, and it came as no surprise when the lead was doubled on 35 minutes.

OLD reliables Mark Noon and Stuart Pierpoint are expected to return from suspension for Nuneaton Town's away clash with Redditch United at the Valley tonight.

Skipper Noon and vice-captain Pierpoint missed the 1-1 draw atSolihull Moors on Saturday but the two experienced campaigners are sure to figure in manager Kevin Wilkin's squad and most probably the starting line-up.

Wilkin admits he was disappointed not to bag a tenth league win of the season at Moors, although following the dismissal of midfielder and Boro scorer Kyle Storer, captain for the day, midway through the second half he admitted it was a good point considering all that had gone on.

"Kyle's sending off came at a point when we were beginning to get on top. Solihull are tough and physical and scrap for everything," said Wilkin. "They kept loading high balls into the area and though we dealt well with most of it they certainly tested us."

The Nuneaton boss expects another uncompromising battle at Redditch, who lost 3-0 at Grimsby in the FA Trophy at the weekend, as the Reds are cemented to the foot of the division and in need of a win. Their most recent success was back on October 2 against Blyth Spartans.

YOUNG midfielder Adam Walker and versatile Simon Forsdick are among the favourites to be in Nuneaton Town's starting line-up on Saturday for the away trip to Stalybridge Celtic following the suspensions of skipper Mark Noon and able deputy Stuart Pierpoint.

With Noon, an ever-present this season, and Pierpoint, who sat out the opening fixture at Guiseley due to a suspension held over from last term, serving one-match bans, Walker and Forsdick top the list for call-ups at Bower Fold where Kevin Wilkin's men look for a seventh consecutive Blue Square North success.

Walker has not made a league start since the middle of September in the 3-0 defeat of Harrogate, that kicked-off Boro's unblemished recent spell and looks sure to replace his captain in the engine-room, while Forsdick seems a good bet to fill the back-three berth, alongside Gareth Dean and Guy Hadland, that's been vacated by Pierpoint.

* Boro's away trip to Redditch United is next Tuesday while they visit Solihull on Saturday, December 11.

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