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14 goals in two games? Just give me a 1-0 win!
6:34am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Football
AFTER 14 goals and three hat-tricks in an astonishing two matches, Nelson boss Mark Fell would be glad of a few 1-0 wins from now on.
The Admirals followed up last week’s 6-1 thrashing of Rochdale Town in the North West Counties First Division with an incredible 8-4 victory over Oldham Boro on Saturday.
Forward Ritchie Allen and right back Danny Finch both netted trebles against Oldham, days after team-mate Peter Wright had also hit a hat-trick.
Nelson now stand top of the table, with 34 goals from 11 games this season.
They travel to the north east to face Consett in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase this weekend, but their manager admits the Kevin Keegan strategy of all-out attack is not one he has adopted deliberately.
“I’d rather not be saying we’ll score more goals than you, I’d rather win games 1-0,” Fell laughed.
“We can’t afford the goal bonuses, I know that much!
“It’s not good for my health and another game like that might finish me off.
“We’ve got some very good attacking players and we’re good on the counter attack.
“But we can’t keep relying on winning 8-4 every week.
“We’re conceding too many.
“We’re looking to bring in a centre back and a full back before the weekend.”
The aerial threat of defender Finch proved very useful on Saturday, though, as Nelson came from 4-2 down.
“Danny is really good from set plays,” said Fell (pictured below).
“He is great at sticking his head on it.
“But there was no-one taking the matchball off Ritchie Allen. If he says he’s having it then he’s having it!
“Ritchie was in the Football League with Fleetwood last season.
“He came to us through one of the directors and he’s a real all-action striker.
“And Peter Wright has been a top player in non-league in the north west for a long time.”
Nelson will face a Consett side who play in Northern League Division One.
“They’re a step five club, the equivalent of the North West Counties Premier Division and the Northern League is very strong, so it will be a tough game,” Fell said.
“We’re travelling up there the night before. We’re doing it professionally.
“The FA Vase is really important for us with the prize money.
“We have a brand new team this season and it’s working pretty well at the moment.
“Other teams have games in hand but I would rather have the points on the board.
“We want to try to get into the Premier Division with Colne, Barnoldswick and Bacup.”
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