Sunday, 27 April 2014

Stalybridge Celtic v Workington

Sean McConville's free kick makes it 2-0 to Stalybridge Celtic

Another weekend - another "having to work and hoping to get off in time" day - and another choice of many games ...

Mossley - having let me down at Bamber Bridge on Easter Monday - were at home to Farsley ... who'd just failed in their play-off aspirations; Ashton United - who were guaranteed that last play-off spot - were at home to Witton Albion; and Stalybridge Celtic - who were allegedly safe from relegation - were at home to Workington.

I chose Stalybridge - because although they were allegedly safe, they were still in the bottom three.  Vauxhall Motors have resigned from the Conf North so the theory was "only two go down" - but you never know how these things pan out - because there have been rumblings from "daarn south" (Maidenhead to be exact) about "why should Conf North only have two down when then third from bottom in Conf South have more points" etc etc etc.  And we ALL know what can happen at League Annual General Meetings (the AGM Cup as it's known - when crazy decisions can be made off the pitch which negate everything that's happened ON the pitch over the season).  So - if Stalybridge managed to get more points than Oxford City on Saturday they were guaranteed to finish outside the bottom three - and so avoid the "AGM Cup" if you get my drift.

... and so it happened ... Stalybridge won 2-0 - Oxford City only drew 1-1 - so Stalybridge are now TOTALLY safe from relegation !  Pics from the game at

Stalybridge Celtic 2 Workington 0

In t'other two games ... Ashton contrived to lose 1-4 at home to Witton (but apparently rested a few players in preparation for the Tuesday play-off semi at FC United of Manchester) - and Mossley beat Farsley 1-0 with a late winner.

... and that was Saturday - now to try and decide which play-off semi to try to get to this midweek ...

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