Nelson Res 1 - 0 Cheadle Town Res
By Gary Broughton
Updated Monday, 13th May 2002
Reserves bag late winner in final home game against Cheadle.
The Blues' second string played their final home game of the season against Cheadle Town.
The game started brightly enough for Nelson but chances and goal scoring opportunities went begging, the main culprit was first team manager John Bailey who missed a simple header from close in and also hit the bar with a shot when it looked easier to score.
They were the main talking points in the first half and the teams turned round level.
In the second half Cheadle decided to wake up from their first half slumber and try and make a game of it. They had three or four good opportunities to break the deadlock but the Nelson back line held firm. At the other end there were few chances of note, until with 10 minutes remaining, a corner floated into the Cheadle area was headed home by young Centre half David Bickerstaffe. That goal was enough to seal the victory for the Blues.
Manager Andy Wych, who was engulfed by the press at the end of the game due to the rumours of his close season departure, managed to break free and talk to our website reporter, he said "We have played better than that this season and lost, but in the game of football you are only as good as your last game. It was a pretty dismal game and not one for the purists, but thats the way it goes. Well done to young Bickers on his first goal at this level.