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Luckless Boro sink to another close defeat.

NUNEATON BOROUGH 0 ASHTON UNITED 1 BORO boss Jimmy Ginnelly was left bemoaning his side's luck after they were dealt a blow in their fight against the drop in the Vanarama National League North thanks to a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow basement boys Ashton United.

The Boro managed to survive a first half penalty miss, but not a second half Craig Hobson header as they slipped to a home loss that leaves them 14 points away from safety.

For Ginnelly it was a hard result to take for more than one reason.

He said: "How can you lose a game when the other team doesn't have a shot on target? "Yes they had one header from a set-piece, but in football terms, in open play they created nothing.

"It was a scrappy game but it was not one we deserved to lose. This was one we were right in, even if we didn't play well. It was frustrating."

Nuneaton gave themselves a chance in what was a close first half despite Ashton missing a spot-kick.

It came after Hobson was brought down when he turned the ball round Cameron Belford in the Boro goal. His fleet of foot was not matched by spot kick taker Paul Ennis, though, as the Ashton number ten placed his effort wide of the post to keep the Boro in the hunt.

Nuneaton nearly made them pay for that miss early in the second half but George McMahon produced a sublime stop to deny Boro's Taylor Allen.

There was nothing his opposite number Belford could do just after the hour mark though as Hobson finished the job himself this time heading home what proved to be the only goal of the game from a Martin Chadwick free-kick.

For Ginnelly, Allen's miss summed up the result for the home side.

He said: "That was a big chance for us and we did deserve to take something.

"We are 14 points behind now and for us that means the fight goes on.

"We continue to work with what we have got here and hopefully myself and Dale (Belford) can unearth that gem that can help kick us on this year and then take us on next year. We will battle on."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 28, 2019
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