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BORO IN FORM AT RIGHT TIME; ZAMARETTO PREMIER.

Byline: Derek Brown

Nuneaton Town...........................5 Bashley ..........................................2 BARNSTORMING Boro ripped lacklustre Bashley apart at Liberty Way with one of their best home performances of the season putting out a clear and decisive message to tomorrow night's play-off semi-final rivals Brackley.

And the man leading the assault was last season's top marksman Rob Foster, who has endured a traumatic campaign but showed he's hitting form at the most opportune time.

His three-goal salvo provided Boro's first treble this term and leaves manager Kevin Wilkin contemplating a selection headache up front Boro dictated from the first whistle and on 13 minutes took the lead with an exquisite goal. Chris Dillon's neat head-on found Foster down the inside left channel and he confidently lobbed the advancing keeper Dave Elm from 18 yards.

And there was more disappointment for the Hampshire men, who failed to show any appetite or belief despite knowing a win would net them a prized top-five spot, on 18 minutes as Oddy fastened on to possession 25 yards out and his fierce drive took a deflection and totally wrong-footed Elm as the ball flew in the opposite corner.

Midway through the half, Darren Acton was perfectly placed to grasp a Chris Ferrett 20-yard free kick but it was the home side in the drive seat as the interval approached Foster had a rising edge of the box drive clatter the bar and in the ensuing scramble both Dillon and James Armson had efforts blocked by a frantic Bash defence.

However, 90 seconds from the break the latter bagged his 15th goal of the season with a classy, instinctive back-heel from six yards out that caught Elm and his defenders completely off guard after Foster's centre had only been partially cleared.

Early in the second period, Bashley's Chris Mason saw his effort cleared off the line and almost immediately Boro surged forward to add to their lead, Foster pressurising Ferrett and keeper Elm into a mix-up that left the home predator to stroke the ball over the line from close range.

Armson then squared across the goal line but Jack Smith hacked clear with Foster ready to pounce but the Boro frontman completed a deserved hat-trick on 82 minutes.

Justin Marsden's quick break and funnelled pass gave Foster time and space on the right, he cut inside and threaded a low angled drive past Elm and just inside the far post.

Three minutes from time Eddie Nisevic fouled Adam Kelly wide but inside the area and skipper Dave Allen made no mistake from the resulting penalty while in time added on substitute Joseph Maxwell headed in from a corner although by then the New Forest boys had been cut down to size and out of the play-offs.

Boro: Acton, Cameron, Hadland, Pierpoint (Forsdick 71), Oddy, Collins (Noon 62), Armson (Marsden 65), Walker, Nisevic, Dillon, Foster. Subs not used: Storer, Moore. Ref-f eree: Dave Naylor. Att: 715. Match Stats: On target 7-4, Off target 2-5, Corners 4-6, Offsides 1-0, Free kicks conceded 12-10. Boro Man of the Match: Rob Foster.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 26, 2010
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