TWO goals in the last four minutes saw Nelson’s hearts broken at Darwen on Saturday.
And it was rough justice on the Blues, who had competed well throughout.
On a rain-soaked pitch, the first chance fell to Darwen’s Lee, who shot wide when one-on-one with Nelson keeper Carl Busby.
The first corner found Busby punching clear as the home side started the brighter, although they were often guilty of falling foul to the off-side trap.
Jason Powrie then went on a long, jinking run for Nelson, but his final ball was poor.
Nelson were putting themselves under pressure with some poor passes out of defence, but they had a chance at the other end as Jerrome Matthews challenged the Darwen keeper on the edge of the box, and the ball fell to Shakeel Butt, however, he delayed his shot and Chester was able to recover and claim the ball from under the bar.
The Blues gradually fought their way back into the game, and from a right wing Dennis Hill corner, Matthews headed over when unmarked.
Nelson were enjoying their best spell of the half, and on the half hour, from a long free kick, Matthews headed over the advancing Chester to give the Admirals the lead.
Powrie was causing Darwen all sorts of problems, and Chester had to save well as Nelson pressed.
Butt then crossed, but it was just too high for Powrie to reach.
Langford then broke away for Darwen, only for Busby to save with his feet, and at the other end, Matthews forced a similar stop from Chester.
On the stroke of half-time, Matthews again threatened, but Chester saved at full stretch from a downward header.
After the break, Busby saved well from Lee, and minutes later Chester made a double save from Mohammewd and Butt.
Darwen’s Taylor was then booked for a crude challenge on Matthews.
Lonsdale became the second Darwen player to have his name taken, as play swung from end to end.
Nelson then sent on Danny Tatley for Mohammed, and minutes later the Blues made a double substitution, replacing Hill and Butt with Hussain and Ahmed.
Tatley very nearly converted a right-wing cross, before Powrie was then booked for a high boot.
Four minutes from time, however, Darwen equalised from the penalty spot through Brown, after Langford had been felled in the area.
Two minutes later, former Nelson player Ben Stanford, a late substitute for Darwen, converted a left-wing cross to break the Blues’ hearts.
Nelson are at home to Atherton Collieries tomorrow.
Final Score: AFC Darwen 2, Nelson 1