Fell planning for Premier!

Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons
Nelson FC Manager Mark Fell before the game against AFC Darwen.'Photo Ben Parsons

Blues boss Mark Fell - named manager of the month on Wednesday - believes the club is fully equipped for a return to the North West Counties Premier Division.

The Admirals top the table with just four fixtures remaining after a 10-game winning streak, and harbour the division’s most potent predator in Peter Wright who has scored 33 of the club’s 143 goals in all competitions.

The club, who astonishingly boast 30 different goalscorers this term, are six points clear of their nearest rivals Formby having played two games more.

“I think we’ve already got a Premier Division side,” insisted Fell. “We’ve played sides from the top tier in cup competitions this year - such as Colne and Barnoldswick Town - and we’ve beaten them.

“I think two wins will ensure promotion and three wins will seal the championship. Formby and 1874 Northwich still have to play each other so it’s impossible for both teams to take the maximum points available.

“I am plotting and planning in preparation. I want to secure as much of this squad as I can for next year and maybe add three or four more.”

Leading scorer Wright joined Victoria Park from Nantwich Town, though he picked up the Evo-Stik First Division South Golden Boot award during the 2012/13 campaign after netting 28 goals for Leek Town. Now Wright, who was at Chorley in 2006 when Fell was part of Paul Lodge’s management team, is on course for another goalscoring accolade.

“I hope he does do it,” said Fell. “Goalscorers like that are important because you’d struggle to get promoted without them. We’ve got Robert Grimes on 20 from midfield as well and Richie Allen got a similar amount before he left. We’ve scored more than 120 goals this season and that’s a phenomenal amount. There’s more to come as well. That could be a record that will stand for a very long time.

“We’ve had goals coming from all areas and that’s an invaluable trait. But clubs rely on goalscorers like Peter to bring success. They win you games and ultimately get you promoted. He’s a winner, he pushes everybody else on, and he’s got a great mentality.”

Ahead of the final home game of the season against Atherton Collieries, which includes a ‘Community Day’ at Little Wembley starting at 1 p.m., Fell said: “Our success is down to hard work. We instilled a mentality and culture at the club where everybody shares a similar ambition and work ethic.

“It’s been very time consuming and a huge effort to put the procedures and structures in place to help us get where we are. We’ve pooled everyone’s resources together so our success has been a big team effort.”

He added: “It’s a big weekend for us because it’s the last home game of the season. We can’t win the title at home which is a bit of a shame. It’s a community day so we want to get the local people of Nelson back to the club. We’re hoping for a big crowd.”