Nelson strker Wright wants trophy haul

Exciting times: Peter Wright hopeful for silverware at Nelson
Exciting times: Peter Wright hopeful for silverware at Nelson

After assisting in the birth of daughter Jessica last month, Nelson FC leading scorer Peter Wright believes anything is possible.

The 31-year-old, who helped his fiancee Rachel Livesey give birth in their home, has a league and cup double in his sights as well as the North West Counties First Division Golden Boot award.

Wright’s only piece of silverware arrived during his time at an alternative Victoria Park - Burscough’s. In May 2003, the prolific striker captained the Linnets to the prestigious FA Trophy as they beat Tamworth 2-1 at Villa Park in front of a crowd of 14,296.

Now, plying his trade back at Victoria Park, albeit the Admirals’ “Little Wembley”, Wright is determined to add to that collection. The Blues haven’t won a league title since Liverpool legend Joe Fagan guided the club to the Lancashire Combinations championship in the 1951/52 campaign, while domestic cup success has eluded the club since 1996. But Wright is confident that will change.

Ahead of tomorrow’s fixture with Widness Vikings at the Select Security Stadium, he said: “It’s closing up at the top now because all our rivals seem to be winning their games in hand. We need to get those points on the board because it’s really tightened up.

“We would expect to win most of our games remaining. We might not win all of them but we’re confident of winning the majority. Hopefully we can have the title sealed before we play Atherton Collieries on the third to last game of the season. We’re in a good position and as it stands it’s still in our own hands.”

Wright, who will be hoping to book a place in the divisional Challenge Cup semi-final when the Blues host Holker Old Boys on Wednesday, added: “It would be a good achievement and a great occasion if we made the cup final.

“Formby look favourites to reach the final as well so that would be a great game should it work out that way. We’ve beaten each other this season so it would be nice to make it 2-1 in games and then beat them to the league.

“I’ve never won the double, in fact I’ve never won many trophies to be honest. You don’t win that many leagues no matter what level you’re playing at. They’re hard to come by. I’m pretty sure this will be the first one of my career.”

At present, 1874 Northwich’s Mike Brandon heads the scoring charts with 25 but Wright is just four shy of that tally. Wright scored on his debut at Northwich’s Barton Stadium five games in to the term, and now the task is to usurp the club’s leading marksman.

“I started a few games behind but hopefully I can go on a bit of a run and catch up,” he said. “Obviously if we go on further in the cup as well that will give me a few extra games for me to get goals. I’m targeting 30 but if I can get more than that it’ll be a huge bonus. Winning the double and getting the Goldon Boot would make it one of the best seasons I’ve ever had in my career.”