NELSON climbed to 13th in the NWC First Division table after claiming their first away win of the season against Cheadle Town.
But Paul Paynter’s men had to work hard to clinch back-to-back victories, following last weekend’s success at home to Ashton Town, after falling behind as early as the fifth minute courtesy of Paul Walley’s strike.
However, Nelson hit back with a leveller just five minutes later through Abid Uddin.
Jerrome Matthews went close after picking himself up from a rash challenge; the resulting set-piece found the striker in front of goal, but he fired straight at Joey Kavanagh.
With both sides cancelling each other out, the fixture became a midfield battle which intensified after Matthew German’s booking for a robust challenge on Nelson’s Javeed Mohammed.
Matthews was brought down in full flight once again, and although the wall blocked the initial free-kick, the rebound was smashed against the bar before cannoning to safety.
But the hosts failed to learn from their mistakes as Matthews was chopped down yet again, though this time Mohammed’s lofted cross was headed home by Kalim Hafeji at the far post in the 40th minute.
And things got better for Paul Paynter’s side 10 minutes in to the second half thanks to Dan Tatley’s well-measured lob which increased Nelson’s advantage to 3-1.
Then, just minutes later, Brett Ferguson sliced a good chance wide.
As the pressure and aggression mounted a flare-up erupted between both sets of players which saw Cheadle’s Andrew Lindon and Blues skipper Mohammed receive their marching orders.
Before the game re-started Nelson replaced Shakeel Butt with Phil Cain to stiffen up the midfield, while Suleman Hafeji was substituted in favour of new signing Paul Sells.
But the home side still penetrated and only a fine fingertip by Nathan Worrell prevented Aaron Riley from reducing the deficit.
Again tempers erupted and Adam Roberts entered the referee’s book for a foul on Matthews, before Cheadle substitute Aaron Carroll missed a golden opportunity to pull the hosts back in to the game.
Jason Powrie, who had replaced the tiring Uddin, could have put the game beyond doubt but the Nelson substitute couldn’t convert from close range.
Cheadle’s German made it a nervy final four minutes after scoring late on but Nelson hung on for maximum points.
Tomorrow the Blues are at home to Formby in the second round of the First Division Trophy, while in the Reserve Division Cup First Round, Nelson Reserves make the short to face derby rivals Barnoldswick Town Reserves.