Manager Burr believes his Celtic side performed well in Nantwich win
Monday 14th August 2017 @ 11:47 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic began life in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with a 1-0 victory over Nantwich Town on Saturday.

Alex Honeyball claimed the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time after guiding Oli Roberts’ corner into the top corner.

Burr, who is taking charge of Celtic for a second spell, said he was pleased with the performance against what he described as a good Nantwich side.

Speaking to Reporter Sport following the game, the former Southport, Chester and Kidderminster Harriers boss, said: “I thought it was no more than we deserved.

“I thought we were very good first-half, we missed a lot of chances, created a lot of chances, and it should have been a game where we killed them off.

“We could have gone in at half-time 4-0 up, but second-half we gave the ball away a bit cheaply, which was a bit disappointing, but i think with the level and the tempo of our play in the first-half, you could see in the last ten minutes we were tiring a bit”.

While pleased with the overall performance, Burr thought his side should have put the game to bed much earlier. He added: “I think we saw bits in the first-half where we did knock it about well, and we obviously need to add to the scoreline there because you need to kill games off, because at 1-0 up it was always going to be a bit edgy, but i thought the lads did really well.

“I think collectively they’ve all worked very hard – and that’s all you can ask for”.

Celtic entered the fixture on the back of a promising pre-season campaign, which saw the side collect 12 goals from their final three games.

Burr believes his side will only get better and stronger as the season progresses. “The lads have created a lot of chances which has been good, but i felt at the back we looked strong as well, so all round, the team and the lads who went on today saw us over the line”.

Nantwich entered the fixture having suffered playoff heartache last season. Burr believes they are well suited to make waves in the division once again this season, He said: “They looked a good side and knocked it about well, so they’ll be a team that take points off teams – there’s no question about that”.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s fixture at Whitby Town – The Seasiders were beaten 1-0 at Barwell on Saturday – Burr said: “We’ve had them watched today at Barwell, so we’ll get the reports over the weekend, have a look, get ourselves ready for Monday and go again on Tuesday”.