Nelson haul themselves off bottom

Jerrome Matthews restores Nelson's lead on Saturday. Courtesy of Mark Wilkinson
Jerrome Matthews restores Nelson's lead on Saturday. Courtesy of Mark Wilkinson

NELSON climbed off the bottom of the North West Counties League First Division after winning a seven-goal thriller at home to Atherton Collieries on Saturday.

And despite a subsequent 2-0 defeat at mid-table Holker Old Boys on Tuesday night, the Blues remain off the foot of the table, three points clear of Eccleshall.

On Saturday, Nelson looked in command at half-time, having moved into a 2-0 lead.

But they were legged back to 2-2 in the second half, before going on to regain their two-goal advantage.

Ryan Welch put the Blues ahead on 17 minutes with a cute lob, before Joe Heseltine showed great composure to make it 2-0 seven minutes from the break.

However, Nelson were made to pay for some less than commanding defending as the visitots clawed themselves level with goals from Paul Atherton and Paul Hynes.

But former Clitheroe striker Jerome Matthews rescued matters as he finished well from an incisive throughball, before putting the game to bed with a second, finishing off a well-worked move with a fierce right-foot strike into the far corner.

Atherton grabbed a third goal in injury time from a free kick, but the Blues picked up their second win of the season.

They couldn’t add to that on Tuesday night as they went down 2-0 at Holker Old Boys.

Mike Kewley put the hosts ahead on 13 minutes from the spot, and they doubled their advantage on the half hour through Craig Redhead.

Nelson are at high-flying Wigan Robin Park today.