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Ironside leaves it late to make point for Boro.

BRADFORD PA 1 NUNEATON 1 NUNEATON Town left it late but they picked up their first point of the Vanarama National League North season at the weekend, thanks to a last-gasp Joe Ironside goal in Bradford.

Trailing 1-0 deep into stoppage time against Bradford Park Avenue it looked like the Boro would make it two successive defeats to begin the campaign.

It was not to be, though, as Ironside capitalised on a mistake from keeper Ryan Young to rescue something for Nuneaton.

Despite how it ended, it was the home side who enjoyed the better of the starts and they nearly capitalised on it in the eighth minute but Liam Dickinson saw his shot from close range cannon back off the post rather than find the back of the net.

Nuneaton did not take heed of the let-off as in the 338th minute they were behind. Boro played their own part in the goal, a miss-kick from keeper Callum Burton being punished as Nicky Wroe fed Chris Sharp who did the rest with a smart finish in the area.

It was a poor goal to concede but a deserved one as the Boro had not been at the races at all throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Worryingly, for Nuneaton fans at least, they failed to react in the second half, Bradford keeper Ryan Jones continuing to be a passenger for the home side.

That was until the last minutes of stoppage time when he came running out to head away a long ball - but only fed Ironside - who did the rest with a smart finish from distance.

It was a major let-off for a Nuneaton side who were never at their best, but who did enough to pick up their first point of the campaign.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Aug 14, 2016
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