Nelson push Stanley all the way at Little Wembley

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Peter Wright

Photo Ian Robinson'Nelson v Ashton Athletic at Victoria Park'Peter Wright

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Nelson went down 4-1 at home to a full-strength Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night, but gave a terrific account of themselves.

The Blues often frustrated their League 2 opponents, before fitness told at Victoria Park, Sean McConville netting a hat-trick for the visitors.

Ben Woodhead saved from was called into serious acTom Davies and McConville before McConville put Stanley ahead, going clear before firing home.

But the Admirals levelled when Wright turned and found the corner of the net.

In the second half, Woodhead saved superbly from the spot from another former Claret Shay McCartan after Terry Gornell was brought down in the box.

But Stanley went on to score three goals in the last nine minutes as McConville chipped Woodhead, before turning in Adam Buxton’s free kick at the far post.

And in the last minute, Matt Crooks headed in a fourth.

Nelson travel to Marske United tomorrow.

Colne, meanwhile, beat Haslingden St Mary’s 4-0 on Tuesday night.

The Reds started in a controlled manner, but were unable to make a telling final pass.

The breakthrough came on 32 minutes when Ben Hoskin played a ball over the home defence for Jason Hart to lob the ball past the keeper.

Colne made a number of half-time changes but dominated possession after the break, and doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Ben Allen’s neat layoff released Boyle, and he drove into the area and shot low and hard into the bottom corner.

The Reds made it 3-0 on 78 minutes when a ball down the right released Hoskin, and his low cross was converted by Boyle at the back post.

Colne rounded off the scoring on 88 minutes when an exquisite pass inside the full back by Kieran Demaine released Andy Tinker, and his cross to the back post was knocked home by Allen to give him his first Reds goal.

Colne are next in pre-season action tomorrow at Euxton Villa in two games, with kick-off times to be confirmed.

Barnoldswick Town began their pre-season schedule last night at Burnley United, and continue at Charnock Richard tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.), before their prestige friendly at home to FC United of Manchester on Thursday night, kick-off 7-30 p.m.