Admirals climb up to third after draw double

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons
Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Nelson moved up to third in the NWC Premier Division, with two draws over the week.

On Saturday, the Blues were held 0-0 at home to Ashton Athletic, before a 2-2 draw at Squires Gate on Tuesday night.

On the coast, the Admirals were not at their best as they scraped a point.

Matty O’Neill was restored to the team for the injured Adam Nuttall, and Andy Bell returned in favour of Paul Fildes.

The hosts took an early lead as a lack of concentration saw Josh Kay get in behind the Blues defence, and he neatly finished past Ben Woodhead.

O’Neill sent a 20-yarder just past the post before Bell was pushed over, seemingly in the box, with the referee giving a free kick, which was wasted.

But a minute before the break, a corner was half cleared to Brad Wicks on the edge of the area, and he disguised a ferocious shot which flew into the top corner.

If the first half belonged to Gate, the second was certainly Nelson’s, as they had 13 attempts on goal, in comparison, to two for the hosts.

Sadly their supremacy, like that of Squires Gate in the first half, wasn’t reflected in the scoreline.

With 75 minutes gone, against the run of play, Squires Gate went back in front, the Admirals switching off from a throw in, as Terry Cummins beat Woodhead in a one on one with a low finish.

Nelson levelled when substitute Dave Sherlock’s cross which was met by Ricky Mercer, who guided his header in off the bar with five minutes left.

On Saturday, Nelson were denied a third-straight win by Ashton Athetic in a fairly drab goal-less draw.

Overall a point apiece was fair, in a game neither side really took command of, with quality at a premium.

The Admirals will now travel to Alsager tomorrow for their next NWCFL Premier Division match, with no midweek game, ahead of the derby double header the following week, at home to Barnoldswick Town on Saturday, September 12th, before a trip to Colne on Tuesday the 15th, FA Cup replays permitting.