Nelson bounce back at home

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Nelson recovered from Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Maine Road to beat Bacup and Rossendale Borough 2-0 in Tuesday night.

Against Bacup, Mark Fell fielded new signing Andy Mason, but former Burnley youth keeper Callum Jakovlevs denied both Matt O’Neill and Danny Mahoney.

Peter Wright touched a Mahoney cross wide at full stretch, before Joe O’Neill had a shot turned round the post.

From the corner, Joe O’Neill rose above everyone to head Nelson into a deserved lead.

After the break, Jakovlevs continued to frustrate the Blues, saving from Mahoney and Ed O’Neill.

Ben Woodhead had been a spectator at the the other end, but was alert enough to tip over a long range strike.

Wright had a shot deflected for a corner, before Mason’s header was turned over.

Charie Holt then saw his crisp shot come back off Jakovlevs, and Gareth Peet was on hand to stroke home Nelson’s second.

Woodhead palmed ocer a close range header at the death, but the Admirals were convincing winners.

On Saturday, after taking an early lead, Nelson conceded four without further reply at Maine Road.

On five minutes, Nelson took the lead through Wright, who received a cross from Matt O’Neill, before spinning and firing home from six yards.

Almost instantly Maine Road were given the opportunity to equalise from the spot, but Connor Hughes could only smash the ball against the bar.

But Nelson’s reprieve was short lived and Maine Rd levelled the scores on 12 minutes as a Rory Breslin’s cross from the right took a horrible deflection off the back of a Nelson defender, looping high into the air and over Woodhead.

Joe O’Neill almost found an instant reply for the Admirals, but his left footed chance was blocked.

Maine Road took the lead five minutes before the break as a mis-hit Breslin cross bounced awkwardly across the area, before dropping to going all the way through to Josh Harper, who rolled the ball past Woodhead from a few yards out.

And things got worse three minutes later as a ball into Rick Williams, who spun and curled a shot into the bottom corner.

Right on half-time, Joe O’Neill saw his effort pushed over, as the Blues went in 3-1 down.

Nelson came out firing early in the second half, Robert Grimes hitting a shot at the keeper, closely followed by a well-struck Wright free kick which the keeper pushed away.

But as Nelson pushed for an equaliser, Maine Road added a fourth goal on the hour as Williams beat the off-side trap to run onto a ball over the top, before chipping Woodhead.

Joe O’Neill and Wright went close with free kicks as Nelson looked for a way back into the game, but it wasn’t going to be their day.

The Blues travel to face Bootle tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.), before entertaining Silsden at Victoria Park on Tuesday night, kick-off 7-45 p.m.