Admirals fail to make ground in bid for survival in the Premier Division

Nelson FC striker Yves Zama

Nelson FC striker Yves Zama

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Nelson made little ground in their attempts to jump out of the North West Counties Premier Division’s relegation zone after picking up a point fromhome games against Ashton Athletic and AFC Darwen.

The game against the Ashes looked to be heading in the same direction as the clash in October at one point when the Blues were beaten 6-0 at Brocstedes Park.

This time the Admirals were two goals down at the interval at Victoria Park when Adam Gilchrist and Daniel Smith netted.

But the hosts responded after the break and Chris Anderson gave them a lifeline when bending a free kick around the wall and in to the corner.

Then, with time running out, leading scorer Yves Zama snatched a point with a superb individual effort.

Midweek, Alex Norwood’s men had the opportunity to move within a point of safety in the derby against AFC Darwen but it didn’t go to plan.

The home side, who handed a debut to striker Jay Hart, did make the perfect start when Corey-Joe Cook collected Dan Lever’s long clearance and beat Ben Proctor to give Nelson the lead in the 18th minute.

The Admirals took the advantage in to the interval but it was very different by the time the match official sounded his full-time whistle.

After Proctor denied Zama with his legs, Bobby Langford levelled proceedings when latching on to a through ball, rounding Lever and slotting in to an empty net.

The away side then unlocked the Blues defence again with three minutes remaining as Langford forced the ball home following a goalmouth scramble.