Borough manager Brendon Phillips believes he has found the
striker to replace the mercurial Malcolm Christie.
Christie set Borough off to a marvellous start to the season with eleven goals in as
many games before being signed by the Premiership club Derby County.
But Phillips signed Joe O'Connor from Hednesford Town on Friday night, pushed him
straight into the side and sat back to watch him create danger all over the pitch for
He scored Borough's first goal and made another on an impressive debut.
Hastings were fourth in the league and were entitled to expected to make a better match
of it. But they were seldom in the hunt as the league leaders systematically dismantled
O'Connor scored in the 20th minute and Richie Gardner added to that before half-time.
Any hopes Hastings entertained of getting back into the match were scotched by Anton
Thomas who rattled in two second half goals to take his season's total to eight.
Nuneaton Borough: R. Williams; Everitt, Prindiville, Simpson, B. Williams, Angus, Wray,
O'Connor, Thomas, Muir, Gardner. Subs: Wilkin, Lander, Healy.