Wright hits quickfire hat-trick as Nelson get back on track

Hat-trick hero Peter Wright
Hat-trick hero Peter Wright
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Peter Wright hit a hat-trick on Wednesday night as Nelson got back to winning ways with a 6-1 win at home to Rochdale Town.

After two successive defeats saw the Blues knocked off top spot, Mark Fell’s side got back on track, taking a two-goal lead within 17 minutes thanks to goals from the returning Robert Grimes and Mick Berry.

Wright netted a 23-minute treble, netting his first after the hour, with Chris Turner also weighing in on 70 minutes.

Rochdale scored a consolation 12 minutes from time through Callum Beckett.

On Saturday, Nelson went down 3-0 at Hanley Town.

The Blues went behind almost immediately, as a cross from Ben Lees floated over Ben Woodhead and in after less than a minute.

The game descended into a scrappy affair after that, with chances few and far between.

For Nelson, Wright had a left-footshot from the edge of the area saved, before the frontman sent an effort wide on the turn.

Josh Barrick headed wide from a corner on 36 minutes , and Turner was also off target on 43 minutes as he blasted a over from just outside the box.

The second half wasn’t much of an improvement on the first. On the hour, as Hanley’s Theo Stair headbutted Danny Finch and then stamped on him. The Hanley player was sent off, but so was Finch for getting involved.

Following this, penalty claims for handball and then a foul on Wright in the area went unpunished, and on 75 minutes Nelson went 2-0 down as Lees’ low shot from 15 yards beat the outstretched Woodhead and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

With eight minutes left the game was killed off as Lees completed his hat-trick.