Harley Wigley equalises for Celtic - joy on and off the pitch ..
A "must win" game for Stalybridge if they were to keep their hopes of staying up alive - and with 24 minutes on the clock things were looking pretty grim - 0-1 down and very little going on up front. However a rather fortunate equaliser - when Gloucester 'keeper Paul White "dropped the ball" saw the game level at half-time. As the weather got chillier (despite the bright sunshine !!) it looked odds on a draw - to be honest it was two poor teams with not an ounce of confidence between them (the League table never lies !). The introduction of Tom Bentham (now to be known as "supersub" !!) and a little bit of "route one" saw a late late winner for the home side - the final five minutes (plus 4 added on) must have seemed like an enternity to the Celtic faithful. They got there in the end though - a first win in 11 games saw them move a few inches/points closer to escaping the bottom three. Still a helluva lot of work to be done though - "7 cup finals" as new boss Liam Watson has said.
Pics from the game at
Stalybridge Celtic 2 Gloucester City 1
In other news - Hyde were confirmed as relegated yesterday despite a 1-1 draw at high-flying AFC Fylde ... Ashton United continued their quest for automatic promotion with a 2-0 win against Matlock Town ... similarly Mossley kept up the quest for a play-off spot with a 2-0 win over Radcliffe Borough ... no games for Curzon Ashton and Droylsden.
Last - but by no means least - well done to Glossop North End who made the long journey down to St Austell for the first leg of the FA Vase Semi-Final ... and came back holding a 2-0 lead (both goals scored by ex-Mossley players incidentally ... Lee Blackshaw and Benji Richardson). Second leg next week - and Wembley beckons again. Check out the highlights on youtube ...
Midweek football will be Mossley (7th) v Farsley AFC (8th) - the quest for play-off spots continues ..