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Celtic claim impressive victory as upturn in form continues
Monday 23rd October 2017 @ 12:44 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division
Stalybridge Celtic 4-2 Barwell

Celtic made it fourteen points out of a possible twenty one on Saturday as their upturn in form continues. Against a Barwell side pushing for a play off spot, Celtic impressed from the off. Dickinson was inches away from tapping home a Bailey-Jones cross. Wolfenden turned provider to Bailey-Jones on 19 minutes, and the winger prodded the ball home inside a crowded box to give Celtic the lead. Right on half time Barwell drew level. A through ball found Story one on one with Walton, and he coolly slotted home.

Celtic started the second half in superb fashion. After a half cleared corner Olly Roberts hit an exquisite curling effort from distance into the top corner. Jack Walton, playing his last game in the Celtic goal before returning to his parent club Barnsley, was in fine form. He pulled off two fantastic point blank saves to deny Perry. He was helpless to deny Story his second goal on 55 minutes though. Perry’s flicked header broke the Celtic defence and Story made no mistake.

The wind and rain battered down on the Bower Fold pitch from then on in, and the contest could easily have peetered out. But to Celtic’s credit they really took the game to Barwell. Neville and Charles were brought on, and only three minutes later Celtic were back in front. Forward Matty Wolfenden had his best game in a Celtic shirt and got his deserved goal on 71 minutes. Beating a couple of markers he carried the ball to the edge of the box, as it looked like he would be blocked off he smartly shifted the ball and struck a shot that went in off the post. Celtic defended stoutly to see the game out and with the game running into stoppage time Wolfenden’s non stop effort resulted in a fourth Celtic goal. With the ball at the back, Barwell’s keeper was about to launch a long punt up field, but Wolfenden ran a good 25 yards and blocked the kick. He then rolled the loose ball to an unmarked Charles who rolled the ball into an empty net and sealed a much deserved three points.

By Shaun Bishop