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Nuneaton Borough 0 Leigh RMI 1


By Matt Lawton
August 22 2006

A Chris Simm goal just after the half hour mark made sure RMI finally grabbed their first victory of the season, albeit an unexpected one at pre-season favourites Nuneaton. After two defeats in RMI's first two games of the season, against Vauxhall Motors and at home to Farsley Celtic respectively, were seen to force the resignation of boss Andy Nelson, new RMI manager Stuart Humphreys made an encouraging start in his new job with a 0-0 draw at home to Redditch on Saturday, but this evening's trip to Nuneaton provided an altogether bigger problem.

Although struggling for form in this early stage of the season, Nuneaton have long been seen as one of the bigger sides in the Conference North, a fact backed up by their tremendous FA Cup run of last season that saw them force a replay out of megabucks Premiership side Middlesbrough, with the side at that time managed by new England boss Steve McClaren leaving Manor Park with their tails firmly between their legs.

It was the home side that had much of the chances and possession in this evening's encounter, but the new manager has obviously done the world of good for RMI's defence, who kept their second consecutive clean sheet, even in the face of increased pressure that even saw Nuneaton's goalkeeper join their attack towards the end of the game.

RMI's winner came courtesy of a third goal in four games for in-form striker Chris Simm, who scored from the penalty spot after Nuneaton defender Derek Brown was sent off for deliberately handling the ball in the area, to the obvious fury of the vast majority of the crowd of 843.

Although obviously a little lucky to get away with a victory in the face of tremendous pressure, RMI have been due a little luck after recent games, and it will fill the side with confidence ahead of their second trip to the Midlands within a week when they face Moor Green on Saturday in a game that is to be played in Solihull.

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