Wright on time as Nelson hold onto top spot after thriller

Peter Wright netted a last-minute winner for Nelson at Daisy Hill
Peter Wright netted a last-minute winner for Nelson at Daisy Hill

Nelson held on to top spot in the NWC First Division after Peter Wright struck a last-minute winner at Daisy Hill on Saturday.

The Blues were missing the suspended Ian Kilford, while Richie Allen has rejoined AFC Fylde and Matt O’Neill is out injured.

In came Adnan Ahmed, Robert Grimes and Sakeel Abdullah.

Daisy Hill started the brighter, and an inswinging corner was headed just over.

Nelson didn’t heed the warning, and the next corner saw home skipper Craig Flowers rise above everyone to head Daisy Hill in front after only four minutes.

Abdullah had two chances to equalise, sending a tame shot straight at Wolfe, before firing well over.

Nelson were dictating play at this stage, and George Melling’s header from an Ahmed free kick was held by Wolfe.

And the Admirals drew level on 25 minutes when Lydon Hodgkiss’ corner was headed home by Danny Finch.

Shortly after they went ahead as Grimes latched onto a throughball and beat Wolfe with a sweet right-foot drive.

They could have had a third before the break as Abdullah carved through the home defence, but his pull back was blasted well over by man of the match Ben Hoskin.

The Blues continued to press after the restart, as Abdullah fed Ahmed, but he screwed his shot wide.

Abdullah then went through on goal, but with a simple pass to the unmarked Wright on, he shot wide.

Ed O’Neill then heaxded wide of an open goal from a Wright cross, before Wright forced Wolfe into a full-length save.

Against the run of play, Gregory broke down the left and centred for Allcroft to equalise.

Within a minute the Blues were back in front as Hodgkiss dispatched a 25-yard free kick into the top corner.

Brandon Barski came on for O’Neill, and as Nelson looked to kill the game, Wolfe saved at point-blank range from Wright with his legs.

Daisy Hill looked to have salvaged a point when Gregory struck after 85 minutes, but Nelson’s never-say-die spirit shone through, and in the last minute, Wright came up with the winner for a precious three points, leaving them four points clear of 1874 Northwich.

Today, Mark Fell’s men host AFC Darwen in an East Lancashire derby at Victoria Park, kick-off 3 p.m.