THE Old Boys’ new season got off to a disastrous start when goalkeeper Rob Hackney was controversially sent off after just 12 minutes.
Hackney, returning between the posts as cover for the unavailable Lewis Rhodes, was given his marching orders for allegedly handling outside the penalty area.
He had raced from his line to cut out a through ball to ex-Bury player Liam Boswell on the edge of the penalty area.
But the assistant referee thought otherwise and despite protesting his innocence, Hackney was ordered from the field. Young vice captain Nathan Ball stepped out of his full back role to don the vacant goalkeeper’s jersey.
Old Boys were happy to go in just 1-0 down at half-time to a fourth minute goal from Liam Boswell.
But the hosts had their backs to the wall in the second half and Nelson went further ahead on the hour mark through the impressive Mick Berry.
The game was effectively killed when Tom Anderton made it 3-0 in the 68th minute, and Berry added his second two minutes later.
Jack Morgan became the second Old Boys player to be ordered off after picking up a second yellow card five minutes from time.