Nelson Res. 5 Chadderton Res. 3
By Gary Broughton
Updated Tuesday, 20th November 2007
The Blues reserve team served up an eight goal thriller at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.After the disappointing performance the previous week at home to Daisy Hill where good possesion led to decent chances which weren't converted, the home side bounced back in a thriller against Chadderton.
It was a significant improvement in front of goal, helped by the return of Sean Thompson to the starting line-up.
Tommo's early goal helped set the tempo for the rest of the game as far as goalmouth action. Nelson helped themselves to two more in an action packed half, although they were rocked by conceding two soft goals at the other end, the second down to a mistake by the player manager.
Team spirit wasn't dampened however, and Nelson had the lions share of possesion in the second half. The pressure on the visitors was sustained throughout the half, and though Chadderton grabbed a third, the Blues got their reward with two goals to seal victory, the second of which was a pile-driver from manager Mark Wilson to atone for his earlier error.
All-in-all it was a strong performance from the second string enabling Nelson to keep pressure on the top teams in the reserve division. It was also a first and very satisfying win for the new manager, with the lads working hard for each other and enjoying playing.
Mark would also like to thank Maurice Oldfield for running the line over the last few weeks, and his assistant Dan Clarke for organising the bench, warm-up and paperwork.