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[09 NOV 98] ATHERSTONE UNITED NEWS
Atherstone United 2
Nuneaton Borough 1
[DR MARTENS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION]

Two goals in the space of a minute breathed life into this local derby at Sheepy Road last night.

After a disappointing first period in which the only highlight was a goalmouth scramble which almost allowed Boro's Dave Crowley to break the deadlock, the Dr Martens Cup tie was ignited just two minutes after the interval.

It was Adders who forged ahead. Lee Middleton's free kick found the head of Nigel Niblett and when Boro keeper Robbie Wood kept the ball out, Niblett was on hand to turn in the rebound – his first goal for the club.

But before United had chance to compose themselves Boro had found an equaliser. The won a corner straight from kick-off and when Steve Prindiville swung in the set-piece, Muir headed home from the six yard box.

The absence of a third substitute then cost Boro dear when, having made two changes a collision forced skipper Dave Crowley off the field and left the visitors playing with ten men for the final 20 minutes.

Adders pressed home the numerical advantage on 81 minutes when substitute Owen Wright latched onto a Richard Barratt cross on the near post and headed the home side powerfully into the lead.

At the death 10-men Boro almost gained an unlikely equaliser but when Anton Thomas' well measured cut-back reached Prindiville on the edge of the Adders area, his wild shot flew well over.
 

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