Blues boss happy with a point despite penalty miss

Billy McKenna, pictured in action for Lancaster City, netted for the Blues on Saturday
Billy McKenna, pictured in action for Lancaster City, netted for the Blues on Saturday
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Nelson boss Alex Norwood was happy with the point against high-flying Hanley Town despite his side paying the penalty with a missed spot kick.

Billy McKenna gave the visitors a 20th minute lead at Abbey Lane before Charlie Collinge uncharacteristically failed to convert from 12 yards out.

That squandered opportunity from the penalty spot gave the home side the lift that they needed and Angelo Errico equalised with six minutes of the first half remaining.

Both sides had their chances to steal maximum points after the interval but the scoreline remained 1-1 at full-time.

“It was a decent result at a tough place to go and we deserved it,” said Norwood.

“They’ve been doing really well since promotion, they’re sixth in the league and it’s no mean feat to go there and get a point.

“We’ve been playing in spells recently.

“We have moments of dominance where we haven’t quite done enough to make it count and then the opposition will make it count themselves.

“In the first half against Hanley we were superb.

“We went 1-0 up and then we missed a penalty which, unfortunately, started a series of events where the momentum got away from us.”

The Blues boss added: “Charlie Lloyd then went off courtesy of a horrible challenge and we’ve had to try and re-shuffle the pack.

“We managed to cope but the only time in the first half that we’ve been caught out of shape they’ve equalised.

“We were under the cosh at the start of the second half but we came through it.

“They had their spells and we had ours until the game eventually petered out in to nothing.

“It was a fair result in the end.”

Collinge has scored four times for the Admirals this term and Norwood admits that he was expecting his centre half to take his tally to five when the penalty was awarded.

“His penalty technique is like Alan Shearer’s,” he said.

“He usually smashes it and leaves the goalkeeper with no chance of getting it.

“I’ve never known anyone as confident from the penalty spot.

“This time he fluffed his lines but that happens.

“It was unfortunate for us because had that gone in it would have been a different game.

“It took on a different feel after that - and it wasn’t a good one from our perspective.”

Nelson, who are five points adrift of safety in the Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division, entertain third place Atherton Collieries at Victoria Park tonight, kick-off 7-45 p.m.