Sunday, 20 April 2014

Stalybridge Celtic v Gainsborough Trinity

The Stalybridge Celtic XI (ish !) ..

 The Bellowhead XI ...

Again - spoilt for choice on a Saturday in Tameside - could Ashton United cement their play-off place against (nearest rivals for that spot) Skelmersdale United ??  Could Stalybridge Celtic ease their relegation worries with a win against Gainsborough ??  Could Mossley propel themselves to mid-table with a win over Ossett Town ??

In the end I plumped for Stalybridge - true to form Saturday work was a bit heavier than usual, and I made it to Bower Fold a couple or three minutes after kick-off.  After taking the lead, Celtic found themselves 2-1 down on the hour - murmurs of "Here we go again" etc etc.  But pressure finally told and Celtic ran out 3-2 winners - and with both Oxford City and Histon losing, it's done them a power of good.  Pictures from the game at

Stalybridge Celtic 3 Gainsborough Trinity 2

... of my other two possibilities - Ashton United thumped Skem 4-1 and are virtually (if not mathematically) guaranteed a play-off place (can't see Skem turning round a 20 goal difference in two games).  Mossley lost 1-2 - undeservedly I'm told.  Elsewhere Curzon Ashton romped home 3-0 at Clitheroe and Droylsden lost 2-4 at Buxton (Hyde played on Good Friday losing 1-3 at home to Kidderminster).

After the game it was straight down (via a drink or two !) to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to see Bellowhead (where incidentally I ran into Hyde FC official snapper Paul !).  It's true what they say - their live performance far outstrips their studio efforts - an excellent gig indeed.

Another day off work on Monday - now to decide where to go - finally a chance to take in an away game I feel !!!

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