NELSON will be bidding to make it double trouble for North West Counties League Premier Division leaders Runcorn Linnets when they travel to Cheshire tomorrow.

Mark Fell’s men are the only side to have defeated the title favourites so far this campaign and the Admirals are determined to repeat the trick this weekend.

The Admirals are currently sixth, 30 points behind tomorrow’s opponents who have a 12-point advantage at the top.


But Fell, who admits his side won’t catch the leaders, would like nothing more than to dent their ambitions.

“There will be a bit of needle I think,” said Fell. “We are the only side to have beaten them so far this season and after the game their manager said nine times out of 10 they would have beaten us.

“I found that amazing as we played for an hour with 10 men and still won. Nine times out of 10 perhaps a team with more players would win but I thought we deserved it.

“We will see if it was a one off tomorrow.

“I will be reminding the players of what he said in the dressing room before the game.”

Nelson will make the journey minus Rob Grimes, Michael Morrison and Gareth Peet who have left the club as Fell begins planning for a title push next season.

The Admirals chief added: “The defeat at Colne over Christmas gave us the chance just to have a look at where we were going and see which players we needed.

“It wasn’t a case of us releasing those players. We sat down with them and said ‘are we sure this is working here?’ and between us we agreed that they could find other clubs.

“We are re-shaping the team towards pace and power for next season and these next three months give me a chance to get that right.

“We will try and get the mix right for the rest of the season. That might mean that we lose the odd game but we want to be challenging next year.”

Fell has strengthened his squad with the addition of former Clitheroe skipper Oliver Devenney but he will not feature tomorrow.