Match Report Stalybridge Celtic 2-1 AFC Fylde
Monday 10th April 2017 @ 13:18 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Celtic pulled off one of the shock results of the Vanarama National League North on Saturday when Steve Burr’s men put in a fine performance to topple league leaders AFC Fylde.

The visitors could have all but sealed the league title with victory at Bower Fold but Celtic had other plans, and at the same time may have reignited a late charge at beating the drop themselves. Fylde started brightly and had several chances. The best falling to Bradley who was put clean through on goal only for Grant Shenton to superbly deny the midfielder with an out stretched foot. Ex Celt Bohan Dixon then headed an effort from close range but only for Shenton to again save well.

Celtic then took the lead on 23 minutes. A corner swung into the box was eventually prodded towards Danny Wisdom who headed home. The left back is enjoying an excellent spell of form at present and the Celts will surely be looking to tie him on to a deal for next season as soon as possible.

Danny Rowe leveled the game only minutes later. The hot shot striker showed great composure to control the ball and stroke home in a busy goalmouth. Incredibly that was Rowe’s 43rd league goal of an amazing season. The second half saw Celtic pretty much dominate the game. Roberts nearly fired home but got his angles wrong and the ball fell to Bishop who couldn’t steer the ball home. Danny Pilkington then got the decisive goal. He broke the offside trap and raced through on goal, rounded Taylor and tucked the ball home.

Celtic continued to press and Mather probably should have scored after picking up a spilled Pilkington effort. Pilkington was involved again as he saw his diving header go agonisingly wide. Celtic were water tight at the back and restricted the normally potent Fylde attack to long range efforts. In fact it was Celtic who came closest to scoring again when Ahmadi hit a looping effort just wide. A massive result for Celtic. Is the win too late to save Celtic? Maybe. Either way this kind of performance will set tongues wagging for next season regardless of Celtic’s league status.

By Shaun Bishop