Nelson FC start their season with a bang!

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Nelson have started the season with a bang with two wins from two games!

On Saturday the Blues won 3-1 at Irlam - who beat them 9-1 in the first match of last season.

And in their first home game on Wednesday night, they saw off Atherton LR 5-2.

Under new joint player-managers Michael Morrison and Robert Grimes, Nelson started well, as a strong run from Grimes was halted by a last-ditch tackle on the goalline.

Nelson were hard done to when Paul Barrett latched onto a throughball and was hauled down, with the referee giving nothing.

The game developed into a midfield battle, however, Nathan Egan was chopped down in full flight, and from Danny Boyle’s free kick, Luke Thompson headed wide.

Nelson had settled the better, but fell behind against the run of play when Billy Carrington headed clear a wayward backpass, but Chris Monaghan lobbed him into the empty net.

The stung the Blues into more action, and Grimes had an effort deflected for a corner, before Boyle had a penalty appeal waved away.

Before the break, Boyle played a perfect ball through for Egan to finish with ease and level matters.

Nelson started the second half as they finished the first, with Barrett, Boyle and Egan prominent.

Egan was crudely brought down, earning Ryan McGreevy a booking, before Nelson brought on Ashley Higgins and Dan Wisniewski for Barrett and Adnan Ahmed.

Thompson headed a corner over, as did David Castle at the other end, before Morrison was booked.

With 13 minutes remaining, Egan linked with Boyle to notch his second, and he completed his hat-trick at the death.

Then on Wednesday, the Blues went nap.

Grimes fired the opener into the bottom corner after 17 minutes, before adding his second with an unstoppable shot from Joshua Cliff’s cross.

After the break, Boyle broke down the right and pulled the ball back for Cliff to make it 3-0.

Liam Hutchinson then laid on a perfect pass for substitute Higgins.

Atherton pulled two back through Olson and Lomax, before a long ball over the visitors’ defence found Boyle, who rounded the keeper to slot home Nelson’s fifth and best goal of the match.

Today Nelson are at home to Leek CSOB in the league.