Blues unbeaten on road as Town clash looms

Nat Taylor scored Nelsons goal at AFC Liverpool on Saturday
Nat Taylor scored Nelsons goal at AFC Liverpool on Saturday

Nelson FC boss Paul Fildes praised the impact of debutant Oly Evans as the striker inspired the Blues to a 3-1 victory over AFC Darwen.

The 21-year-old, who had been plying his trade with West Lancs League Premier Division outfit Lostock St Gerards, was introduced with the fixture locked at 1-1 and ultimately made the difference.

“He changed the game,” said Fildes. “He’s quick, has good feet and he’s a threat. He scored 11 goals in a six-game spell for Lostock.

“He knows where the net is and it was a good opportunity for me to take a chance. He’s confident, great going forward and I’m chuffed that we’ve signed him.”

Nat Taylor grabbed his second in as many games to open the scoring in the 55th minute following a goalless first half.

Nick Hepple equalised for the hosts at the WEC Group Anchor Ground just three minutes later prompting Fildes to tinker with his side.

Defender Jake Lloyd, who recently hit the 100 appearances milestone for the Admirals, then opened his account for the club to restore the lead.

“It was his 106th appearance for the club and his first goal yet his celebration was awful,” joked Fildes.

“I don’t think he even smiled! He’s a solid player, very focussed and humble. I actually think he was a bit embarassed that he’d scored.”

Another debutant, Stephen Whitley, then rounded off the scoring in the 78th minute.

“Oly unselfishly squared it to him and he’s scored on his debut which is great,” beamed Fildes.

“Our two new strikers combined really well and it contributed to a much better second half.”

Fildes added: “I’m delighted to get the three points because we could’ve been 3-0 down in the first half but for Sean Davis.

“He was absolutely class and made a number of vital saves. He was superb and we may have lost the game if it wasn’t for him.”

At the weekend the Blues were held to a draw against AFC Liverpool at the Marine Travel Arena.

Taylor broke the deadlock in the 18th minute but Paul Speed levelled for the home side from the spot just before the interval.

Nelson host Congleton Town at Victoria Park tomorrow (kick off 3 p.m.) before the big derby against Barnoldswick Town at the Silentnight Stadium on Easter Monday.

“I’m happy to have taken four points on the road building in to some big games ahead,” said Fildes. “The one I’m desperate to win is the derby against Barnoldswick Town for obvious reasons.”