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Henley forged ahead.

HENLEY 18

NUNEATON

A 35-YARD penalty from man-of-the-match Rickie Aley topped off a crucial win for Nuneaton over third bottom Henley.

It did not look promising, though, after 17 minutes as Henley forged ahead with a penalty from Jim Farndon and then a try from Callum Grant which Farndon converted.

But Nuneaton showed their resilience with an unconverted try from Rob Cook in the corner. Jody Peacock then crashed over on 34 minutes and Aley added the extras as Nuneaton took a slender lead.

A drop-goal from Aley stretched Nuneaton's advantage to five points but it was short-lived as, after a penalty from Farndon, they regained the lead with a Tom Burns try in the 58th minute.

Nuneaton continued to drive forward and made the breakthrough on 72 minutes when Tim Tickard crashed over for a try.

With two points separating the sides it was left to Aley to calm the nerves by slotting home a monster penalty into a fierce crosswind to send the small band of travelling Nuneaton fans home delighted.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2008
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