Five star Nelson regain First Division top spot with impressive victory

Nelson are flying high in the North West Counties First Division
Nelson are flying high in the North West Counties First Division

Nelson climbed back to the summit of the North West Counties First Division table after thrashing Atherton LR 5-1 at Victoria Park.

The Blues were brimming with confidence on the back of a 7-1 triumph against Chadderton and they got off to the perfect start at Little Wembley when Liam Boswell’s cross was converted by the unmarked Peter Wright from inside the six-yard box after three minutes.

Wright went close again just moments later when delicately chipping David Morgan but the visiting goalkeeper scrambled backwards to catch the effort on the line. The hosts continued to press, pinning their opponents back, and only a last ditch defensive block thwarted Shakeel Abdullah in the next attack.

Boswell was also denied by a last gasp challenge after exchanging passes with Wright before Richie Allen cut in from the right wing, beat two defenders, but his attempt lacked conviction and failed to trouble Morgan.

Allen had another opportunity to extend Nelson’s advantage when being fed through by Wright but after advancing in to the area he fired wide of Morgan’s left hand post.

Just before the interval, however, Nelson had a lucky escape when the away side had a headed effort ruled out for offside.

The Blues struck early in the second half to double their cushion when a quick throw found Wright who crossed for Allen to fire home with ease.

Moran denied Robert Grimes as the momentum gathered and saved from Allen at point blank range before Wright drilled the rebound wide.

After Wright was denied by a superb save at full stretch by Moran, he responded by assisting Allen for his second of the game to make it 3-0.

Atherton were given a lifeline when the referee awarded a penalty and skipper Mark Ayres took the responsibility of stepping up and scoring from the spot.

Shortly after, Nelson captain Chris Turner was dismissed for a second bookable offence but it didn’t affect the hosts as Mick Berry and man of the match Grimes added two goals in as many minutes at the end of the fixture to make it 5-1.

That result ensured Nelson climbed back to the top of the division after Hanley Town suffered a surprise 5-1 reverse at the hands of Northwich Flixton Villa.

The Blues travel to Formby tomorrow for a League Challenge Cup first round clash with kick-off at 3 p.m.