Blues’ wait for first win goes on

Nelson FC manager Paul Fildes
Nelson FC manager Paul Fildes

Looking to register the first home points of the season, Nelson made five changes for their game against Abbey Hulton on Saturday.

Among them were new signings Jack Fairburn and Steven Cassidy, but it was to no avail as they lost 1-0.

Play started at a fast pace and the first chance fell to the Blues’ Brad Kay, but he blazed it wide.

On nine minutes, Nelson were forced into an early substitution as Fairburn limped out of the action to be replaced by Mullin.

Nelson continued to take the game to their guests and pressed down both flanks.

But for much of the first half they were reduced to long-range efforts and a free kick from outside the area.

The closest they came was on the stroke of half time when Kay spotted the keeper off his line and went for a cheeky lob, but it drifted wide.

The second half produced more of the same with neither side on top and the keepers rarely troubled.

Kay went close with another lobbed effort which landed on the top of the net.

Wolfenden shot wide after picking up a poor clearance, but then disaster struck for the Blues.

The back four had looked solid all afternoon, but an unfortunate mis-kick gited Abbey Hulton an opening and they made the most of it to score the only goal of the game.

The Blues continued to press, but could not find an equaliser and were left both pointless and goalless from their first three home games of the season.

l On Wednesday night, Nelson made the long trip to face Holker Old Boys, and went down to a 2-0 defeat at Rakesmoor, as the hosts claimed their first win of the season.

Nathan Reid gave Holker the lead after 20 minutes, and Brandon Collins doubled the hosts’ advantage four minutes before half-time.

The Admirals were unable to find a way back into the game after the break, as they continue to look for their first league win of the season.

Paul Fildes’ side are without a game tomorrow, and midweek, and return to action a week tomorrow at home to Stockport Town.