Nelson were denied a draw against Ramsbottom United after an impressive display on Saturday, as Paul Fildes and Mark Fell claimed a late win at their former club.
Ramsbottom, who have brought in the likes of former Padiham and Salford striker Gareth Seddon, Jay Hart from Colne and last season’s Nelson captain Luke Thompson this summer, came to Little Wembley for their first pre-season game, with the Blues facing their third after a 2-0 defeat against Hyde United and 1-1 draw with Bradford Park Avenue.
Nelson dominated the ball in the opening quarter of the game, as Oliver Devenney and Kevin Brown went close for the hosts.
At the other end, keeper Steven James produced a superb one handed save to keep the game goalless.
But he could do nothing before half-time as Seddon picked up the ball on the edge of their and gave him no chance with an unerring finish.
After the break, Nelson continued to create openings, but Ramsbottom doubled their lead when Seddon netted from the spot after a soft penalty award.
Moments late the Blues pulled one back from the spot after Zak Dale was upended, and Devenney placed his effort into the bottom corner.
And Nelson were level when an inswinging free kick found its way into the net via Dale, although it was debatable whether he used his hand or head for the final touch.
Jack Brooks headed over a great chance to win it for the Admirals, but at the death, Ramsbottom nicked it with a terrific direct free kick from an unnamed trialists.
Nelson were back in action last night as they entertained FC United of Manchester.
Meanwhile, Tom Bradley (pictured) has been announced as the new Nelson skipper.
Bradley said: “I’m very proud to be named Captain by a management team with such experience and with the quality of players they’ve brought in.
“We’ve got a real buzz going and ready for the fresh start. It’s in my nature to be a Captain and I love being at Nelson FC, it’s a fantastic club and real honour for me to be given the armband. We’re all really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”