Fildes returns to Little Wembley as boss

Paul Fildes
Paul Fildes

Paul Fildes is back at Nelson as the Admirals’ new manager, after the departure of Alex Norwood.

Fildes, 36, rejoins the Blues, having managed Ramsbottom United in the EvoStik First Division North last season, following his departure from Little Wembley.

He brings his own management team, including Chris Price from Burnley United.

The new management team were in place for the Hallmark Security North West Counties League First Division clash on Bank Holiday Monday at home to Bacup Borough, who claimed a 1-0 win with a goal 15 minutes from time courtesy of former Admiral Wayne Morrison.

On Saturday, Nelson claimed their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at New Mills – and it would have been three but for a late equaliser from the hosts, who were relegated with the Blues last season.

Chief executive Adam Keizer was in the dugout, before Fildes’ arrival, and made a number of changes, bringing in new signing Richard Cowan to partner Cameron Lancaster at centre back.

And former youth team keeper Harry Wissett made his senior debut.

New Mills had the better of the chances early in the first half, as well as a goal ruled out for off-side.

The Admirals came close after 20 minutes, with Alex Mullin close to turning in a dangerous ball across the six-yard box.

And in the 36th minute, the opening goal finally came, New Mills taking the lead after a shot was parried by Wissett before Callum Scott pounced to put the hosts a goal up.

The Admirals hit back immediately, within a minute, as Connor Elliott crossed from the right, hanging the ball up at the back post for Mullin who out jumped his marker to head the ball back across goal into the bottom corner.

In the second half, Elliott went through one on one, but his shot was somehow saved by the keeper, who flicked the ball over the bar with his foot.

Seven minutes from time, Nelson took the lead, Elliott again raced in behind, and squared the ball to Anthony McGloughlin, who had burst into the box from deep to fire the ball into the net for his first goal for the club.

New Mills threw everything at Nelson to try and find an equaliser, and in the 87th minute they found a way through, Millers substitue Dennis Sherriff scoring with his first touch when a cross drifted to the back post.

Tomorrow, Nelson host Abbey Hulton United at Little Wembley, kick-off 3 p.m., and on Wednesday night they travel to Rakesmoor to face Holker Old Boys.

l Trawden Celtic won 3-1 at Grassington United on Saturday.

Celtic went 1-0 up after only six minutes through Michael Hodson.

Grassington grew into the game, but Celtic defended well and two fine saves from Stuart Cross kept them at bay until the half-hour mark, when they levelled.

In the second half, Celtic went 2-1 up through Jake Bancroft.

Midway through the half, Grassington upped their game, throwing men forward.

Celtic hung on, but eventually conceded a penalty, which was well-struck, but man of the match Cross pulled off a brilliant save low to his left.

Five minutes later Bancroft went round the keeper and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle to seal the points.

Tomorrow, Celtic entertain Silsden Whitestar at Trawden Recreation Ground (Kick-off 2 p.m.) while Celtic Reserves are at Grassington Reserves.