Six different scorers as Nelson run riot

Lydon Hodgkiss netted Nelson's second goal on Saturday
Lydon Hodgkiss netted Nelson's second goal on Saturday

Nelson earned their first away win since late October as they hit St Helens for six on Saturday.

The Blues’ last win on their travels came at bottom club Bacup and Rossendale Borough, but they ended that wait in style.

They went in front after 17 minutes when they were awarded a penalty following a collision inside the box, and right back Keiran Walmsley stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Brothers Matt and Joe O’Neill then had chances to add to Nelson’s lead.

Former Burnley wideman Matt beat his man down the left, and was unlucky to see his shot cannon back off the crossbar, before Joe picked up a loose ball shortly after, but the home keeper was equal to his effort.

Leading 1-0 at the break, Nelson doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half when Lydon Hodgkiss scored directly from a corner.

It was soon 3-0 as Joe O’Neill broke through and unselfishly squared the ball to captain Peter Wright, who slotted home into an empty net.

Joe O’Neill went clear again with 16 minutes remaining, and saw his shot deflected parried into the path of substitute Adam Nuttall, whose effort was blocked and cleared to safety.

But the Blues managed to net a further three goals in the last five minutes,.

First, Matt O’Neill managed to get on the end of a cross from the right and headed past the keeper.

St Helens collapsed after that, as the Blues netted twice in a minute through Nuttall and Jonny Hession.

The hosts scored a last-minute consolation, but it couldn’t take the gloss off an emphatic victory, which lifted Nelson up to seventh in the NWC Premier Division, before midweek results - and the expulsion of Stockport Sports - saw them drop back to ninth.

Ben Hoskin was named man of the match for Mark Fell’s side, who lined up: Woodhead, Walmsley (Walne), Hodgkiss, Fletcher, Mason, E. O’Neill (Nuttall), Howell, Hoskin, M. O’Neill, J. O’Neill, Wright (Hession).

Tomorrow’s game against Stockport Sports will not take place after the Saxons were expelled from the league at Tuesday night’s league EGM.

Stockport’s record is expunged, meaning Nelson’s 5-1 away win earlier in the season has been removed from the records.

Nelson’s next game is now on Saturday, March 14th against FA Vase quarter-finalists Glossop North End at Victoria Park.

• Walking Football at Nelson Football Club has been postponed until Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch at Little Wembley.

The session will run from 6-30-8 p.m.

Chief Executive Adam Keizer said: “Hopefully we will be okay to start Walking Football next week. We should have a good crowd down.”