Nelson 6 Cheadle Town 2
Report of match 21st August 2004
Reporter David Priestley
They scored first, they scored last, but in between Cheadle were hit for six by a rampant Blues.
However, they were rocked when they conceded in the very first minute of the match, but an immediate reply saw them back on terms when Paul Barrett headed home Paul Fildes' cross.
The Cheadle goalkeeper then presented Barrett with a simple tap in from four yards out when failing to hold on to a straightforward cross in from the right.
Cheadle then wasted two great opportunities to draw level, and were punished almost on the stroke of half-time as Chris Ridehalgh netted a third for the Blues.
Nelson could and should have added a few more goals to their haul in the next twenty minutes, but squandered a number of decent chances, especially from some free headers in the Cheadle area.
However, Andy Haworth, returning from a short spell at Chorley, deservedly got himself on the scoresheet when he ran onto a through ball to shoot neatly beyond the Cheadle keeper with ten minutes left.
It was a welcome return to the form for the Blues and should give them great heart for the next two vital games to come in the next week.