Spot of bother for Blues at Winsford

SPORT - Football action - FA Vase competition - Northern League Division One - 2nd qualifying round - replay 'Nelson (blue kit) take on West Allotment Celtic (green kit) at Nelson FC, Victoria Park - Nelson player Peter Wright goes for the ball.
SPORT - Football action - FA Vase competition - Northern League Division One - 2nd qualifying round - replay 'Nelson (blue kit) take on West Allotment Celtic (green kit) at Nelson FC, Victoria Park - Nelson player Peter Wright goes for the ball.

Nelson suffered only their second loss of the year after being beaten by Winsford 1-0 on Saturday, with top-goal-scorer Peter Wright missing a

Wright who has scored 17 goals this season, failed to add to his two goals which he scored against Alsager the previous weekend.

But Nelson manager Mark Fell said: “Peter is the best non-league striker in the north west and it won’t effect him missing the penalty.”

But after missing four spot kicks this season, Wright has passed the duties onto Kieran Walmsley.

The missed penalty may have put a dent in Nelson’s ambitions of finishing in the top three but Fell added: “I don’t think it is impossible to finish in the top three, it is very tight around the middle of the table, but we just need to go on a good run.

“If we finish in the top 10 which I think we will, it will be the highest position the club has ever been in.”

He also added, when asked about finishing the season in a good league position: “Having a higher league position will help us to bring players into the club it will also it will give us momentum going into next season.”

At Winsford, one of the games turning points came early, as early as the seventh minutes when Wright was felled in the box.

The referee gave the spot kick, but Wright saw his effort saved by Winsford stopper Conor O’Keefe and the scores remained level.

Minutes later Nelson should have been ahead, as a corner from the right was flicked on by Joe O’Neill, dropping at the feet of brother Matt O’Neill, but from 15 yards out his right-footed effort was off target.

At the other end Winsford thought they were in front on the half hour mark, but a foul on keeper Ben Woodhead was called and Nelson breathed a sigh of relief.

But that was short lived, as 10 minutes later, a long diagonal ball found Danny Egan, who smashed the ball past Woodhead and into the net to give the hosts the lead.

Changes from the bench followed, with Jake Lloyd being replaced by new signing Sam Howell, who joined from Radcliffe Borough in the week, and the long-awaited return of Ben Hoskin, who replaced Ed O’Neill in midfield.

As the Admirals pressed for a winner, they become susceptible to the counter attack, the lively Eli Mitchell hitting the post in a quick breakaway for Winsford in the closing stages.

At the other end a late Matt O’Neill effort was well handled by O’Keefe, and Nelson couldn’t find a way through to salvage a point.

Nelson are at home to Bootle on Saturday, with kick-off at 3 p.m.