FORMBY welcomed Nelson to Altcar Road on Saturday afternoon for the fifteenth league match of the Squirrels’ campaign.
Nelson got the game underway attacking the Altcar Road end and certainly matched Formby in the opening exchanges, and they deserved to take the lead when Nat Taylor shot from twenty yards, the ball deflecting off Mikey White and looping over Josh O’Connell in the Formby goal.
Formby though were back in the game a minute later when Paul Speed kept his composure on the edge of the area and cooly placed the ball beyond the Nelson defender on the line.
Then in the 29th minute Jason Carey won a penalty when he was taken out by Nelson ‘keeper Ben Woodhead, with spot kick specialist Mikey White stepping up to plant the ball solidly in the net to give Formby the lead.
After 45 minutes in which Formby lacked their usual coherence and composure the managers made a double substitution for the second half.
Jay Wynne and Mark Toohey were replaced by Connor Belger and Marvin Molyneux as Formby went back to their favoured 3-5-2 formation and it wasn’t long before Formby increased their lead, as Jason Carey turned provider to Joe Walker who had no trouble finding the back of the net.
Four minutes later Nelson got themselves back in the game as Ralph Welch’s first time shot gave O’Connell no chance in the Formby goal.
A missed chance by Formby in the 66th minute seemed to lift the visitors who sensed they may be able to get something from the game.
They upped their pace and every time a Formby move broke down they were first to the ball.
But despite the relentless Nelson threat from all sides in the final fifteen minutes, Formby were intent on holding their lead and running down the clock and after playing five minutes of added time the referee blew the whistle and Formby had secured their fourteenth win in fifteen league games. The win extends the Squirrels’ extraordinary run of victories in what is shaping up to be the best of their 93 seasons.
However, they have yet to play any of the three sides above them in the table, although that changes tonight when Ashton Town visit Altcar Road. Town sit third in the table, with only a sliver of goal difference separating them from the Squirrels who have five games in hand.
Saturday brings a trip to Northwich Villa before a home match next Monday against successful league newcomers West Didsbury & Chorlton.