Nelson endured a torrid time at Abbey Hey, coming out on the wrong side of a 3-0 score line on a night where everything went wrong.
Traffic on the M61 meant the kick-off was delayed until 8 p.m. while manager Mark Fell was forced into three changes from Saturday’s 5-1 thumping of Stockport Sports.
Peter Wright, Jonny Hession and Danny Mahoney were absent through a mix of illness and injury and were subsequently replaced by Gareth Peet, Paul Fildes and Matty O’Neill, with the latter returning from a spell on the sidelines.
The Admirals had the better of the early exchanges and were only prevented from taking the lead through an excellent save that tipped a Peet effort over the bar in the sixth minute.
But on 12 minutes it was the hosts who led. A defensive mix-up on a slippery pitch gave striker Nico Collins a sight of goal from 18 yards and he buried a low shot into the corner past Ben Woodhead.
Nelson rallied for a while and Peet saw a free-kick parried on 20 minutes with Matty O’Neill not able to get to the follow up in time as Abbey Hey’s mass of bodies did enough to keep them in front.
The sucker punch came on 38 minutes; Paul Smith burst into the box with defenders Charlie Holt and Andrew Mason for company, and it was the tackle from Mason that the referee adjudged to be a foul and he promptly pointed to the spot. Kieran Shaw duely converted from 12 yards.
Nelson had their chances, however. O’Neill hit wide from the edge of the box on 40 minutes and Fildes turned down a shooting chance just before the break.
The second period saw Nelson spend significant periods of time in the Abbey Hey half, but a lack of penetration meant that chances were few and far between.
The game was effectively killed by another penalty decision, this one harsh on Jake Lloyd who was adjudged to have brought down Collins inside the area and Shaw went the other way from the spot to make it 3-0.
Later opportunities for Callum Mahoney, Robert Grimes and youth team midfielder Reece Malone, who played an impressive half hour, were not enough to bring the Blues back into the game.
A disappointing result with Abbey scoring from their 3 shots on target all game, a lesson on clinical finishing.
Fell’s side, eighth in the table after 13 fixtures, now turn their attentions to Winsford United with kick-off at 3 p.m. at Victoria Park tomorrow.