Blues boss on cloud nine after recent run

Waqas Azam, Nelsons player of the month for January, was on target in the abandoned game at Atherton Collieries on Friday night
Waqas Azam, Nelsons player of the month for January, was on target in the abandoned game at Atherton Collieries on Friday night

Paul Fildes is on cloud nine after sampling his first taste of victory as Nelson FC boss.

After being named as Mark Fell’s successor in November, taking on his first game in charge in the 4-2 defeat against 1874 Northwich at the Barton Stadium, the 24-year-old has had to be patient.

In fact, due to the attrocious weather conditions, which has resulted in seven postponements for the Admirals, the striker endured a wait stretching over two months before getting his maiden maximum.

That came against Alsager Town at Victoria Park and a triumph over Silsden AFC has since followed.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” beamed Fildes. “It was a very good feeling and makes everything worthwhile.

“A win makes you feel so much better, and once you’ve got that taste for it, you want more of it. We’ve had a couple of really good wins but these are the teams that we need to be beating.

“There’s not been any pressure from the club but you put pressure on yourself. Winning games is rewarding for everybody associated with the club.

“The lads have always been professional, but I noticed a change in attitude after that win. It was like they’d won the FA Cup.”

The Blues were drawing 2-2 with high-flying Atherton Collieries at Alder House last week, but the fixture was abandoned at half-time.

Player of the month Waqas Azam and Martin Broderick had twice leveled for the visitors.

“Waqas has been unbelievable,” said Fildes. “He’s my poster boy. The lad has been on fire and every team that we’ve faced has commented on him.

“He’s a great model for non-league football. He wants to learn, listen and go as high as he can.”

Nelson host Runcorn Town tomorrow, kick off 3 p.m.