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[27 DEC 98] NUNEATON BOROUGH NEWS
Gresley Rovers 0
Nuneaton Borough (1) 3
[DR MARTENS PREMIER DIVISION]

Can anyone stop Borough winning the league? After this performance it would be a brave person who came up with an alternative.

Gresley were in the top six going into this match, but the gulf in class between the two teams was huge and Borough had little difficulty in maintaining their massive seventeen points margin at the top.

The Derbyshire side, managed by former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United striker Garry Birtles, impressed in only one short spell in the first half.

For the remainder, Brendan Phillips’ team looked every inch a championship winning side. Anton Thomas gave them a lead just before the interval and within two minutes of the restart they pressurised Rovers so fiercely that their defender John Faulkner put through his own goal.

Thomas’ goals was a thunderous shot from fifteen yards from Steve Prindiville’s crossfield pass Ian Muir fired against a post before a near post flick from Prindiville’s corner kick brought the second goal.

Terry Angus was waiting to knock the ball in, but Faulkner, stretching to clear, scored an own goal.

Borough made the game safe when Thomas was fouled in the penalty area in the 75th minute and Muir netted the spot kick.

Nuneaton Borough: Williams, Everitt, Prindiville, Simpson, Crowley, Angus, Wray (Kirkup 60), O’Toole (Healy 82), Thomas (Wilkin 72), O’Connor.
 

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