Five wins in six for Nelson

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The NWC Premier Division’s form team made it five wins in six games in front of a bumper crowd at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The Blues claimed a ninth-minute lead as Danny Mahoney whipped in a low free kick from the left edge of the box, which beat everyone to drop in at the far post.

Half chances fell for Peter Wright, man of the match Robert Grimes (pictured) and Matty O’Neill before a 44th-minute volley from Joe O’Neill smashed against the bar and seemingly bounced over the line, but wasn’t given.

The second period starting with a bang, Grimes riding a string of challenges to bear down on the keeper, and his side foot effort nestled in the bottom corner.

But identical set plays on 65 and 68 minutes brought the visitors level, both looped to the back post where the unmarked Liam Baker, then Matthew Tierney, struck fierce efforts past Ben Woodhead.

The arrival of Callum Mahoney, on as a substitute for the injured Matty O’Neill, changed the game. Mahoney’s direct approach made a goal from nothing on 73 minutes, as he wriggled past three defenders and crossed low for Wright who diverted the ball into the corner of the net.

The points were secure five minutes later when Danny Mahoney scored with his fourth free kick in as many games.

The Blues remain eighth in the league, three points from second, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle in the FA Vase and a Pendle derby at home to Colne on Tuesday.