Blues in ‘good shape’ says Fell

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons
Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Nelson boss Mark Fell acknowledges that his ambition is shared by a number of managers in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Eight players have made the move to Victoria Park in the summer as Fell eyes promotion to the Evo-Stik League.

Former Wycombe Wanderers and York City striker Andy Bell has been recruited alongside Bamber Bridge defender Phil Doherty, Padiham midfielder Mark Sharples and Radcliffe Borough forward Dave Sherlock.

Fell has also added former Preston North End midfielder Warren Beattie to his Lomeshaye Way ranks as well as Ramsbottom United utility man Joe Pilkington, Hurst Green full back Ashley Brierley and former Fleetwood Town centre half Ricky Mercer.

With Ben Hoskin, George Mellin and Joe O’Neill the only casualties, Fell said: “We’ve been busy and we’ve done a lot of hard work.

“It’s all been about finding the right blend of player and doing the significant work with them.

“Ricky Mercer is probably the best defender in the league. He’s an animal of a man, an organiser and a leader. He’s a super signing for us.”

Fell added: “I think we’re in as good shape as we can be. The ambition is to get promoted but that’s the same ambition as 12 or 13 other managers in this league.

“There’s a number of managers that believe they’ve got a chance of promotion, which makes it even more difficult when only one team can go up.

“We want to be up there and I feel we’ve got a great chance.”

Nelson start the campaign away at Runcorn Town (kick off 3 p.m.) before welcoming Abbey Hey to Little Wembley on Tuesday (kick off 7-45 p.m.).