Nelson out to cause a cup upset

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NELSON will be looking to cause a cup upset tomorrow as they face Norton United in a League Challenge Cup replay.

The tie finished 1-1 after extra-time at Little Wembley on the first day of the month as Nelson skipper Javeed Mohammed’s strike on the half hour mark cancelled out Lee Talbot’s opener. That means the Blues travel to Stoke-on-Trent in a bid to advance to the next stage of the competition.

But the Lomeshaye Road club face a tough test as Scott Dundas’s unbeaten side have won seven and drawn three of their league encounters so far this season and, providing they’re just as clinical in their games in hand, can leapfrog Wigan Robin Park and Irlam to go top of the pack.

But this isn’t the league, which means Blues boss Paul Paynter will be keen to cause a cup upset. Paynter should be able to gauge the difficulty of tomorrow’s clash to some extent after being thrashed 5-1 against fourth place Abbey Hey at the weekend.

Nelson trailed 2-0 at the interval at the Abbey Stadium and fell to a three-goal deficit before Jerrome Matthews (pictured) struck in the 55th minute. However, the home side were ruthless and added two more before the full-time whistle sounded.

Nelson haven’t recorded victory since the 3-0 triumph at home to Northwich Villa in late September courtesy of goals from Matthews, Ralph Welch and Brett Ferguson.

And it will certainly be a feat if that statistic is altered at Community Drive’s Norton Cricket Club and Working Mens Institute tomorrow.