In-form Nelson up to eighth after hat-trick of wins

Two wins over the week made it three on the spin for Nelson to take them up to eighth in the NWC Premier Division.

On Saturday, Mark Fell’s side beat Ashton Athletic 3-2 at Victoria Park, with an injury time winner from Charlie Holt, before a 2-0 victory at AFC Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Robert Grimes

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Robert Grimes

On the coast, two goals in the first 20 minutes were enough to give Nelson the points in a game they largly controlled.

The injury ravaged Admirals were only able to name two outfield substitutes, but Michael Morrison made his first start since returning from Padiham, and it was the midfielder who connected with a Danny Mahoney corner on six minutes to head the Blues into the lead.

And 10 minutes later the lead was doubled when Joe O’Neill was fouled just outside the box and Mahoney struck his third goal in two games with a sweetly-hit free kick.

Blackpool’s attempts were mainly limited to counter attacks but Ben Woodhead had to be on guard to save midway through the second half.

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Danny Mahoney celebrates his wonder strike

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Danny Mahoney celebrates his wonder strike

On Saturday, Nelson climbed into the top half of the table after an injury time strike from Holt settled the game.

The Blues were ahead after a Mahoney wonder goal on 17 minutes, but the lead was short lived and Nelson went into the break 2-1 down after two quick fire goals from Chris Webster.

But the Admirals rallied in the second period and Mahoney was on target with a free kick 20 minutes from time to level against his old club.

That set up a frantic finish and Holt pounced on a loose ball to slam home the winner from the edge of the box.

Nelson manager Mark Fell is hoping for a resurgent Blues to start climbing the table following back to back wins for the first time this season, “It’s been an indifferent start,” said Fell.

“We’ve been absolutely bare bones here, we seemed to get through most of last season with minimal injuries and now they’ve all come at once.

“We’ve dropped silly points and taken a while to adjust, but with three wins on the spin hopefully it give us some much needed momentum.”

The Blues travel to Stockport Sports tomorrow looking for a fourth consecutive win.

• Nelson host their 2014 Community Day at the club on Saturday, September 27th at their home game with Winsford United.

Entry is free for all for the 3 p.m. kick-off, which is also a Prostate Cancer UK Awareness Day.

The Blues will also open their new hospitality box on the same day.