Threlfall at the double to settle derby clash

Mark Threlfall scores his first goal against Nelson on Easter Monday
Mark Threlfall scores his first goal against Nelson on Easter Monday

Town climbed to 11th in the table as they beat Nelson 3-1 in the derby on Easter Monday at the Silentnight Stadium.

The groundstaff Stephen Naylor and Kevin Pickles working hard to get the pitch fit, as it had standing water in places.

Nelson started well, Nathan Webb shooting straight into the arms of Jordan Gidley from just outside the area, before a Bradley Wicks corner saw a clever dummy, and Ryan Charnley’s fierce shot awas blocked by Christopher Ridehalgh.

Town then took the lead after 18 minutes, as a mistake let Mark Threlfall in, and he took the ball on before shooting past Sean Davis.

John Beckwith had a glorious chance to double the lead, one on one with the keeper, but he lifted his shot over the bar.

Harry Thompson then crossed for Beckwith, and Davis palmed his shot away.

Wayne Morrison shot straight at Gidley, and on the half hour, Ben Gorman forced Davis to make another good save.

Town then went two up, as Threlfall cut inside and shot left-footed low in off the right hand post, giving Davis no chance.

Morrison brought a save out of Gidley, before Charnley’s 25-yard freekick hit the bar and bounced over.

Just before half-time, Threlfall flicked on an Arley Barnes corner, and James Crorken’s left-foot shot beat Davis but came back off the underside of the bar.

Town increased their lead after 53 minutes, as Barnes played a great ball to Threlfall, who crossed for Beckwith to slot home from close range.

Nelson clawed a goal back when Webb cut inside and curled a great left-foot shot into the far top corner, but Town – who host Alsager Town tomorrow – were worthy winners.