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Nuneaton Town 2 Blues Under-21s 5

Richard Beale’s side got off to a poor start in the friendly fixture and were a goal down inside five minutes after Josh Martin was penalised for a foul inside the penalty area and the hosts’ capitalised from 12 yards.

But Blues responded well though and eventually seized control with four goals of their own before the break.

Koby Arthur struck first with a left-footed effort that squirmed past the Nuneaton keeper, before Kyle McFarlane (pictured) latched onto a high ball forward from Jake Weaver just two minutes later, took a touch before finding the bottom corner.

The third goal came from Dom Bernard who was on hand to pounce after the dangerous Wes McDonald’s teasing cross evaded everybody before coming back off the post where Bernard was waiting to power home. McDonald got on the scoresheet himself before the half was over, he unleashed a powerful strike from distance to put the icing on a dominant half for the visitors.

Blues showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas in the second-half and got a fifth just four minutes after the restart. George O’Neill’s corner found its way to McFarlane at the far post who calmly finished for his second of the afternoon.

The dominance continued throughout the second-half and Blues were unfortunate not to extend their lead further with both McDonald and Arthur both going close.

Beale made changes but that did little to stop the flow of Blues’ attacks. Substitute Beryly Lubala saw his free-kick land an inch wide of the post and David Popa couldn’t find the net from a tight angle after rounding the goalkeeper.

Nuneaton score a late consolation goal with a low drive past Weaver but it was an impressive and dominant performance nonetheless.

Blues Under-21s: Weaver; O’Keefe, Martin (Popa 75), Seddon (Mbunga 75), Bernard; Arthur, Adams (Lubala 62), Maxwell, McDonald; O’Neill; McFarlane (Trialist 62).
Subs (not used): Trueman.

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