Blues bounce back to climb up to ninth place

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Peter Wright
Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Peter Wright

Nelson climbed back to ninth place in the NWC Premier Division after a 2-0 win at Ashton Athletic on Tuesday night.

The Blues had gone down 2-1 at home to FA Vase semi-finalists Glossop North End on Saturday, but responded well at Brocstedes Park.

Mark Fell brought in Ed O’Neill and Andy Mason for Adam Nuttall and Sam Howell and the Admirals had early chances as Matt O’Neill fired over, before Keiran Walmsley hit a free kick which keeper Jason Foulds gathered comfortably. Ed O’Neill then drove a shot over the bar.

The hosts threatened as Ben Woodhead had to dash from his goal to deny former Blue Isaac Kusaloka, but when Joe O’Neill worked his way into a good position, his shot rebounded off a defender and was met by a firm finish from brother Ed.

Woodhead had to dive bravely at the feet of Kusaloka as Ashton looked to reply, but at the other end, Nelson made it 2-0 as Ben Hoskin hammered a right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Ashton chased the game after the break, but Peter Wright had an effort cleared before he chested the ball down for Ed O’Neill, whose shot cleared the bar.

Gradually Nelson got their neat passing game going again, and looked the more likely to score again.

Ed O’Neill headed over a corner from a good position, but Nelson saw out the game with few concerns, with Woodhead man of the match.

On Saturday, Nelson’s game with Glossop started at a frantic pace, but soon developed into a midfield battle, with both teams cancelling each other out.

Matt O’Neill and Wright combined for a chance, but the former’s effort failed to trouble Greg Hall.

Minutes later, Howell blazed over when he probably should have scored.

Mark Reed broke clear for Glossop, but Woodhead palmed his shot away, before Nelson took the lead midway through the first half when Porter’s corner was glanced home by Wright.

Kieran Walmsley swung in a free kick which Mike Fletcher headed goalwads, but Hall made a stop under pressure.

Wright then tried a snap shot from an acute angle which was pushed round the post, before an effort from Matt O’Neill skimmed the bar.

Glossop started the second half on the front foot, and Woodhead came to the rescue with a couple of important saves.

But in a dramatic finale, Jason Carey equalised as he beat Woodhead down to his right.

No sooner had the visiting fans’ cheers died down when up popped defender Dave Young to volley in a second.

Nelson were then left with a mountain to climb after Matt O’Neill’s sending off.

Tomorrow the Blues entertain Congleton Town, kick-off 3 p.m.

HARRY MANNING

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