Winner in 6th minute of added time for reserves
By Gary Broughton
Updated Sunday, 17th February 2002
John Whiteside's goal in the sixth minute of injury-time sealed a last-gasp triumph for the on-form Blues.
CHADDERTON RES 1 - 2 NELSON RES
Yesterday afternoon, bottom of the league side Chadderton played host to Nelson's second string on a glue-pot of a pitch on the outskirts of Oldham.
The Blues Reserves, on the back of 3 wins, were in a confident mood before the game, but as so often happens, a team who are struggling play over and above their position.
Chadderton put Nelson on the backfoot for the majority of the 1st half, though Nelson still had a number of chances to go in at the break in front. But they were happy to keep it level at the interval at 0 - 0.
The half-time break was bad news for Nelson, because 'keeper Steven Petty had to withdraw from the action due to a shoulder injury sustained whilst being challenged for a cross during the first halves exchanges.
The new Nelson custodian was Wayne Shaw, Fresh from reading Gordon Banks' autobiography about keeping goal.
Nelson started the half better than they finished the first, and were soon in front, when a Darren Green freekick was headed onto the bar by John Whiteside, and Ben Sweeney was quickest to react to poke the ball home.
Shaw's next duty was to pick the ball out of his net, when a harmless ball was allowed to drift to the back post, and was fed back over giving the Chadderton forward the easiest of chances to equalise.
The game then was fairly even, and with a draw looking a good bet, Paul Nutter floated in a freekick which was headed home by John Whiteside. This was in the 6th minute of added time at the end of the game.
A relieved manager Andy Wych said "We certainly rode our luck at times, but we you are on a roll, a little bit of luck is what you get. This season we have played better and lost, but I am not complaining.
"We just need a couple more good results to be right back in the championship mixer. Next week we are at Woodley, and I expect us to be involved in our hardest game to date".