Nelson denied at the death!

EQUALISER: Nat Taylor

EQUALISER: Nat Taylor

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NELSON scored five goals in their two away games over the week, but could only take a point for their efforts.

On Saturday, the Blues went down 3-2 on their first-ever visit to West Didsbury, before claiming a 3-3 draw at Atherton LR on Tuesday night.

At West Didsbury, Mark Fell made three changes after the defeat against Formby.

In came Danny Johnson, Matt Fearon and youth teamer Jake Lloyd for injured skipper Chris Turner, Andrew Naylor and Ashley Higgins.

Both sides made a tentative start, but after a corner for the hosts wasn’t properly cleared, a goalmouth scrambled ensued and David Kilbride prodded the ball past Ben Woodhead.

The lead lasted only two minutes as Fearon crossed from the right, and Nat Taylor (pictured) ghosted in at the far post to equalise.

Play became condensed into the midfield, with Gareth Thomas pulling the strings for the hosts, and Brandon Barski causing West Didsbury problems.

Several close off-side decisions went against Nelson, before Taylor cut inside and got his shot away, but it was too far out to test keeper Ben Simpson.

Barski then forced Simpson to tip his dipping shot over, with the Blues competing well in all areas of the pitch.

After the break, Taylor set up Barski, but his snap shot on the turn was just wide.

Lee Malkin then broke clear for the hosts, forcing Woodhead to save at the expense of a corner, and good defending from Tom Murphy and Max Jones kept West Didsbury at bay.

A long kick from Woodhead found Fearon, and his cross picked out Tom Anderton, but his shot lacked power.

In Nelson’s next attack, Barski found Anderton in space, and his well-struck shot was saved by the diving Simpson.

As shots rained in on the Nelson goal, captain Danny Finch was felled by a blow to the head, but recovered, and the Blues’ first change was Sean Malkin for Fearon.

His first contribution was to play Barski through, but his shot sailed over.

West Didsbury broke away against the run of play, and Lee Malkin drove a cross home with four minutes to play.

Within a minute a long free kick was headed on to Barski, who swivelled to beat Simpson.

But the hosts went straight down the other end and substitute Thomas Walsh snatched the winner.

Right at the death Murphy found man of the match Barski in space, but he ballooned the ball over, and the Blues could consider themselves unlucky to lose.

On Tuesday at Crilly Park, Higgins and Turner returned for Lloyd and Danny Johnson, now departed for Australia.

And the Blues took a fifth-minute lead when a corner was clipped home by Murphy.

Barski shot wide, before Turner saw a free kick blocked, and then sent the rebound wide.

Turner was then penalised for a high foot, and the free kick was fisted clear by Woodhead, only to be driven back into the area, hitting an outstretched hand. Luke Gibson levelled from the spot.

Turner made amends within two minutes when he spun his man and found the bottom corner.

Taylor was then fouled out on the right, and from the free kick, Murphy again converted from close range to make it 3-1.

Nelson were indebted to a fine double save from Woodhead, preserving their two-goal lead before the break.

In the second half, Taylor sent a shot wide from a narrow angle, and Barski sliced wel wide with only the keeper to beat.

Higgins then shot straight at Cheetham, before Turner was forced off after a late tackle, which saw Craig Boothry booked, and the home manager also sent off.

Hesitation between Woodhead and Finch allowed Atherton to pull one back 10 minutes from time through Adam Storey, and at the death, a deep free kick was launched into the area and hooked in at the far post by Gibson to deny the Blues the win.

Nelson are at Leek CSOB tomorrow before hosting Rochdale Town on Wednesday night, kick-off 7-45 p.m.