Fell steps down from Nelson post

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell
Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell

Nelson Football Club has started its search for Mark Fell’s successor after the former Whinney Hill boss stepped down from his post at Victoria Park.

Fell parted company with the club after a 3-0 defeat to West Didsbury & Chorlton at Brookburn Road saw the Admirals slip to 10th in the North West Counties Premier Division hierarchy on the back of six league losses in eight outings.

The parting manager, who brought in Accrington Stanley pair Callum Gunner and Christian Evans as well as Dieter Downey after losing Peter Wright and Ben Woodhead in recent weeks, guided the Blues to the NWC First Division title last year.

In the weekend defeat to AFC Silsden in Yorkshire, the visitors proved to be the perpetrators of their own downfall on their trip to Yorkshire as they failed to make possession count.

Joseph Taylor saved well from Andy Bell midway through the first half before the home side’s stopper survived a scare when just preventing a back pass from crossing the line.

The major flashpoint of the first half saw Woodhead receive a yellow card for handling the ball outside the area with most at the Angel Telecom Stadium calling for a dismissal.

After the break Bell went close again when his effort in the 76th minute was superbly tipped on to the bar by Taylor.

However, the hosts struck in the final minute of normal time when Kevin Ryan slipped his marker from a corner to power a header past Woodhead.

And the final straw arrived midweek when Nic Evangelinos’ 14th minute strike set the ball rolling for West at Brookburn Road.

Bell’s effort cleared the crossbar as the visitors sought a response while debutant Gunner missed the target after trading passes with Bell.

However, Matt Eckersley and Rick Gleave added to the scoreline in the second half.

Managerless Nelson entertain Congleton in the second round of the Men United Cup tomorrow (kick off 3 p.m.).