Dead ball master Mahoney strikes again for Blues

SPORT - Football action - FA Vase competition - Northern League Division One - 2nd qualifying round - replay 'Nelson (blue kit) take on West Allotment Celtic (green kit) at Nelson FC, Victoria Park - Nelson's Danny Mahoney takes a shot but fails to create a goal.
SPORT - Football action - FA Vase competition - Northern League Division One - 2nd qualifying round - replay 'Nelson (blue kit) take on West Allotment Celtic (green kit) at Nelson FC, Victoria Park - Nelson's Danny Mahoney takes a shot but fails to create a goal.

Nelson earned a third-successive league win on Wednesday night as they beat lowly Bacup and Rossendale Borough 2-1 at West View.

The Blues fell behind on 25 minutes when the referee spotted a dubious handling offence in the area, and Adrian Bellamy converted to give the hosts an undeserved lead.

But four minutes later Dan Mahoney levelled with his seventh free kick goal of the season, and three minutes later a thumping right foot drive from Paul Fildes put Nelson ahead.

The Blues would have added to their lead after the break but for home keeper Callum Jakovlevs, who was man of the match for Bacup. But Nelson took the points and lie sixth in the table.

On Saturday Nelson produced a lacklustre performance as they were knocked out of the Men United Cup 3-1 at home to Squires Gate.

Jack Sowerby hooked an early chance wide for the visitors, before Dean Smallridge sent an effort straight atGate keeper Ben Fletcherl.

At the other end the Blues had an escape when Alex Porter cleared a shot off the line with Ben Woodhead stranded.

Nelson had lots of possession without any clear-cut chances, and before half-time, sloppy defending let in Alex Murphy, who made no mistake from 12 yards.

Ed O’Neill, Joe O’Neill and Peter Wright joined the fray after the break, and when Peet was brought down, Mahoney beat the wall to equalise.

However, when Melling was booked for a late challenge, Gate regained the lead from the free kick through Joshua Westwood’s looping header.

Nelson poured forward for the equaliser, but left gaps at the back, and Sowerby sealed victory late on.

Nelson are without a game tomorrow, before hosting AFC Liverpool on November 8th.