The Blues will be eagerly anticipating a new chapter at Victoria Park as respective defeats to AFC Liverpool and Chorley condemned the club to nine losses in 12 in all competitions.
At the weekend Andy Bell’s late spot kick looked to have salvaged a point for the Admirals against Joe Gibbons’s side but the visitors had other ideas.
The Merseysiders took the lead in the 20th minute when Nelson’s Sam Charlesworth presented Liam Loughlin with the chance to beat debutant Callum Jakovlevs from the spot, which he took when slotting the ball in to the bottom left corner.
After being tripped in the box, Bell took charge of the resulting penalty in the 88th minute when firing to his right hand side to level matters.
However, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, substitute Jordan Thomas administered a cruel blow when rifling in to the roof of the net after the Blues failed to clear a corner.
In midweek, Nelson bowed out of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy with a 3-0 defeat to reigning champions Chorley on home soil.
The National League North side, who beat Clitheroe in last season’s final at the Macron Stadium, raced in to a two-goal lead at the interval.
Matt Jansen’s men opened the scoring in the 11th minute courtesy of Jack Lynch’s left-footed drive which found the bottom corner.
The away side doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark when Paul Jarvis lashed home at the back post from Adam Roscoe’s cross.
And Max Cartwright completed the scoring when finishing off a tremendous solo run midway through the second half.