Nelson go top of the table after big win over Daisy Hill

Big win: Sakeel Abdullah celebrates one of his two goals in the 8-0 demolition of Daisy Hill
Big win: Sakeel Abdullah celebrates one of his two goals in the 8-0 demolition of Daisy Hill

Rampant Nelson took over at the top of the North West Counties League First Division as their blistering form continued on Saturday.

Mark Fell’s Admirals crushed Daisy Hill 8-0 - despite missing key personnel in the form of the suspended Ben Woodhead, Robert Grimes and George Melling, and the injured Ed O’Neill and Lee Botham.

In came Michael Pilkington, Jake Lloyd and Sakeel Abdullah.

Nelson began on the front foot, as has become the norm of late, and Abdullah fed Peter Wright, whose first-time shot flew wide.

At the other end, Simon Farrell shot over from a good position.

But the Blues continued to press hard, and it was no surprise when Abdullah shook off the attentions of two defenders to beat John Wolfe and put the home side ahead.

Shortly after, an inswinging corner from Wright was headed in by Danny Finch.

The game settled down after that, with play more even, and Nelson suffered a blow when Brandon Barski chased a long clearance, but Wolfe managed to get there f irst and hurt the Blues player in the process, Jonny Hession his replacement.

Ben Hoskin hammered home the third from an inch-perfect cross from Lydon Hodgkiss, and approaching half-time, Wright jinked past two defenders and beat Wolfe easily.

There was still time for Richie Allen to drive a shot against the underside of the bar.

After the break, Daisy Hill enjoyed a brief spell of possession, but Nelson were soon back on the offensive, and Wolfe had to punch an inswinging corner clear.

Jack Brooks came on for Adnan Ahmed, and soon after Wright went through and beat Wolfe for his second of the game.

There was no respite for the visitors as former player Abdullah outpaced the defence to slot home Nelson’s sixth.

Fell then took off Hoskin and brought on youth teamer Will Nolan.

Matt O’Neill went close with a lob, caught under the bar by a back pedalling Wolfe, before Hession’s shot hit the foot of the post and was converted by the ever-eager Allen.

O’Neill then finished off a fine three-man move to make it 8-0.

Tomorrow, Nelson host fellow promotion contenders Formby (kick-off 3 p.m.), and on Boxing Day the Blues are at Holker Old Boys.