Blues stop the rot with clean sheet in home draw

Picture by Julian Brown 24/09/16

Nelson's Jack Egan makes a tremendous run

Nelson FC v 1874 Northwich

(Names from team sheet)
Picture by Julian Brown 24/09/16 Nelson's Jack Egan makes a tremendous run Nelson FC v 1874 Northwich (Names from team sheet)

Nelson’s defensive woes were put to bed as they registered a clean sheet to claim a point against Squires Gate at Victoria Park.

After a week where the Blues leaked 13 goals in a couple of North West Counties Premier Division fixtures, Alex Norwood’s side needed to respond. And they did.

The hosts, who fielded a trio of 16-year-old youth players, started at a high tempo and Frenchman Yves Zama had a great opportunity to break the deadlock only to blaze over the bar.

The visitors slowly crept back in to the game but without dangerman Ric Seear thery lacked the industry and threat in the final third. As a result, Nelson’s rearguard was rarely exposed.

Zama, who had been in prolific form for the Admirals up until the recent rut, had another chance to score, this time with his head, but he flicked Corey-Joe Cook’s delivery wide of the upright.

At the other end Ben Stear headed just past Dan Levers’ left hand post. Just before half-time, Cook’s audacious lob from distance dropped just wide of the target.

The away side were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Mark Thornber was punished for a reckless challenge on Cook. The Blues, though, still couldn’t break Squires Gate down.

Zama was within a stud’s length of converting Nathan Egan’s cross at full stretch as the home side looked to make the extra man count while Charlie Lloyd’s attempt failed to trouble Ben Fletcher.

Nelson host Oswestry Town in the Macron Cup tomorrow and entertain West Didsbury and Chorlton on Tuesday, kick-off 7-45 p.m.