Blues helping hitman Zama shine in new era

Striker Yves Zama in action for Nelson
Striker Yves Zama in action for Nelson
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New Nelson FC boss Alex Norwood has praised the impact of striker Yves Zama after the Frenchman netted his fourth goal in as many games.

The forward, who arrived at Victoria Park on a duel registration from Burscough, struck in the 78th minute midweek as the Blues overcame a two-goal deficit to secure a point against North West Counties Premier Division leaders Atherton Collieries.

Zama, who scored against Barnton in the Macron Cup and bagged a brace in the 3-0 win against AFC Darwen, guided a beautiful header in to the corner at the Kensite Stadium after Charlie Collinge had reduced the arrears from the penalty spot 10 minutes earlier.

“He was brought in by Easty before he left on a duel registration from Burscough,” said Norwood. “He’s been fantastic and he’s just needed game time and goals. His recent performances have shown us what he’s about.”

Zama has certainly been the man taking the plaudits for the Admirals but Norwood insists that the club’s main goalscoring threat is flourishing because of the performances of the players around him.

“He’s enjoying it because he’s seen a team of young lads working their socks off for him,” he said. “If players are enjoying their football then ultimately they’ll put in better performances.

“That’s what he’s doing. It’s been a collective effort though rather than an individual one. There’s no doubt about that.

“They’ve been showing no fear so we’ve just got to pick up some consistency now. We don’t want this form to be an exception because we’ve got to do it every week.”

Connor Wright’s 14th minute goal for AFC Liverpool at the weekend ended Norwood’s perfect start to his tenure while Mark Battersby’s double for Michael Clegg’s men appeared to have provided a rude awakening.

However, Norwood hailed the character of his squad to respond. “My first two games in charge were against teams in and around us in the table so the opposition told us a lot,” he said. “It helped me gauge where we are at and where we need to be.

“On another day we would have picked up another point against AFC Liverpool and then we were at another level to come back against a team at the top end of the division.

“They were a really good side with pace and power so we were expecting the worst. However, the lads were brilliant and we took the game to them which was really pleasing. There were good signs.”