Salmon at the treble as Nelson go nap at Didsbury

Hat trick: Ryan Salmon, pictured, left, in Bamber Bridge colours, netted three times in Nelson's 5-2 win at West Didsbury and Chorlton on Saturday
Hat trick: Ryan Salmon, pictured, left, in Bamber Bridge colours, netted three times in Nelson's 5-2 win at West Didsbury and Chorlton on Saturday

Ryan Salmon hit a hat-trick as Nelson went nap at Didsbury on Saturday.

Due to a lengthy injury list, added to by Lee Botham and Matt and Joe O’Neill, Blues boss Mark Fell had to shuffle the pack, bringing in Gareth Peet, Callum Mahoney and club captain Robert Grimes.

Play was very even in the opening minutes, with Callum Mahoney overrunning the ball when well placed, before Peter Wright set up a chance for Salmon, who directed his header at keeper Jordan Hitchen.

Grimes then burst into the area, but his well-struck shot rebounded back off the underside of the bar.

Wright forced a corner, which was cleared, and a double block then denied both Callum Mahoney and Salmon.

A free kick from Peet produced a goal-bound header from Wright, which was deflected behind, and at the other end, Jerome Bryson tested Ben Woodhead from distance.

On the stroke of half-time, Wright was fouled, and Dan Mahoney took the free kick, whoch was expertly hooked home by Wright to give the Blues a deserved lead.

After the break, Adam Nuttall replaced Peet, and the hosts levelled when a free kick was floated into the area and Callum Schofield glanced a header past Woodhead.

Didsbury then went ahead when Chjris McDonagh converted Bryson’s cross.

However, the lead didn’t last long as Dan Mahoney’s free kick was met by Salmon, to haul the Admirals level.

Minutes later, Jonny Hession, on for Callum Mahoney, raced down the flank and evaded the keeper, before crossing for Salmon to score his second and Nelson’s third.

Hession was running riot through the home defence, and he crossed again for Salmon, who despatched the ball past Hitchen for his hat-trick goal in only his second game for the club.

Still the Blues were not finished, and Wright was on hand to nothc Nelson’s fifth.

Didsbury looked for a way back in the game, as Don Murphy curled in a shot which Woodhead dropped on, and the hosts finished a well-beaten side.

Tomorrow, Nelson are back at Victoria Park as they entertain Ashton Athletic, kick-off 3 p.m.