FC Halifax Town put a stop to Nuneaton’s seven game unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Liberty Way.
The Boro’ had not conceded a goal in just over ten hours but Jack Muldoon soon put an end to that impressive run to score a brace, which included his first goal for the club since joining on loan in January.
Neil Aspin made changes to the side that drew 2-2, for the sixth consecutive time, with Gateshead midweek. Steve Williams slotted back into the starting line-up with ease, to make his first league game in two months. Scott Boden and Muldoon also came back into the starting line-up.
Muldoon scored his first of the afternoon in the second minute after a Marc Roberts free-kick was headed on by Graham Hutchison and the striker was quick with his reactions to put his stylish finish past Daniel Lincoln and into the back of the net.
The front-man continued to look lively as the half went on with the 25-year-old latching onto a through from Matt Glennon after he had saved an Robert Ogleby cross, but Muldoon was shrugged off the ball by Nuneaton captain Theo Streete.
Adam Walker then had a chance from 25-yards out but Glennon produced an excellent save to parry the shot away.
Marc Roberts then launched one of his trademark long throw-ins which Lincoln struggled to deal with, James Bolton got a touch on it but his effort was just short of the line and Nuneaton were able to clear away the danger. Bolton continued to look like carrying on his goal-scoring week but his fierce shot forced a strong save from Lincoln.
Boden looked to try and set the Shaymen off with a similar pace to how they started the first-half. The striker looked to latch onto a loose ball but he stumbled over as he was through on goal.
Matt Pearson was another player who began the second-half in a lively fashion. The midfielder charged through the Nuneaton midfield and back-line after a delightful back-heel from Boden but Pearson lost possession at the crucial moment as the Boro’ cleared.
Nuneaton attempted to boost their chances of survival as they looked to cause the Shaymen defence problems but Bolton managed to dispossess James Armson after he took on Streete’s long distance cross.
However, it was not long before the Shaymen doubled their lead as Muldoon grabbed his second of the match from a superb cross from Boden on the right-hand side after some good work from Pearson in midfield.
Muldoon came close to completing his hat-trick after another inch-perfect cross from Boden, but Elliot Wheeler made a challenge just in time to clear away the oncoming danger.
The Boro’ then pulled one back through second-half substitute Andrew Brown after his header sneaked past Glennon and Bolton on the line.
Nuneaton then looked to build on the pressure they had made as Armson latched onto a stray pass from Muldoon and looked to curl his effort goalwards but Glennon dived across his goal to produce a pivotal save.
Gordon Jaanai caught the Shaymen defence off guard as he advanced towards goal and past Bolton, but as the shot came in Williams was able to clear away the chance.
Despite the late chances from the home side it was the Shaymen that walked away with a valuable three points and ended their own run of eight games without a win.
Nuneaton Town:Lincoln, Franklin, Dean, Walker (Sodje), Ogleby (Brown), Jaanai, Streete (C), Armson (Dawson), Rees, Brown, Wheeler.
Substitutes:Cowan, Maris, Brown, Dawson, Sodje.
Goals:Andrew Brown (’68)
Yellow cards:Anton Brown (’64)
FC Halifax Town:Glennon, Bolton, Williams, M.Roberts (C), Hutchison, McManus, Maynard, Pearson, Schofield (Smith), Muldoon, Boden (Jackson).
Substitutes:Senior, Smith, Jackson, K.Roberts, Hattersley.
Goals:Muldoon (‘2 ’60)
Website Man of the Match: Jack Muldoon