Admirals stun play-off hopefuls to register third home win of the season

Jamie Wynne netted twice for Nelson on Saturday
Jamie Wynne netted twice for Nelson on Saturday
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Nelson claimed a second win in three games at home to play-off hopefuls Alsager Town on Saturday – but their chances of avoiding finishing in the bottom two of the North West Counties First Division remain remote.

Visitors Town occupy the final play-off place – five points clear of their closest rivals Cammell Laird 1907 – but fell to a surprise defeat at Little Wembley, with the Admirals recording only their third home league win of the season.

A fourth-minute Nelson goal from Jamie Wynne was cancelled out by Alsager’s Ryan Goodwin after 17 minutes, as the sides went in level at half-time.

But second half goals from Daniel Mort, three minutes after the restart, and a second from recent signing Wynne with 18 minutes remaining, sealed victory for Steve Cunningham’s side.

Nelson’s win moved them four points clear of Daisy Hill at the bottom of the First Division table, but they failed to gain ground on the two teams above them, with Bacup Borough and St Helens Town both winning.

Bacup Borough won 5-2 at home win to Stockport Town – their biggest of the season.

And St Helens Town claimed a 3-0 win at home to Atherton LR.

To make matters worse, Daisy Hill then reduced the gap to Nelson to a point on Monday night as they beat Atherton LR 1-0 at home.

Leaders Silsden emphatically beat St Helens Town 5-2 on Wednesday night, to leave the Blues second bottom, five points adrift of Bacup Borough, who have five games in hand, and six behind St Helens Town, who have played three more than Nelson.

And it doesn’t get any easier for Nelson, who are back in action tonight as Silsden make the short trip to Victoria Park, for a 7-45 p.m. kick-off.

The Admirals then travel to Stockport Town on Tuesday, kick-off 7-45 p.m., before hosting Prestwich Heys a week tomorrow, kick-off 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, in the Premier Division, Barnoldswick Town saw two games postponed over the week, ahead of last night’s home clash with Congleton Town.

On Saturday, Town were scheduled to host Ashton Athletic at the Silentnight Stadium, but persistent rain put paid to that fixture.

And the trip to Hanley Town on Saturday suffered the same fate, postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Town entertain City of Liverpool FC tomorrow (3 p.m.), Abbey Hey on Tuesday (7-45 p.m.) and are at Bootle on Thursday (7-45 p.m.).