Celtic’s winless away run continues at Blyth Spartans
Monday 27th November 2017 @ 11:39 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round

Blyth Spartans 2-1 Stalybridge Celtic

Celtic’s run in the FA Trophy is over but they gave a good account of themselves at high flying National League North Blyth.

With poor away form all season, the Celtic faithful would have been forgiven for expecting the worst. But Celtic were mightily unlucky to not at the very least force a replay. In the opening half Liam Dickinson was bundled over in the box for what looked a clear penalty, but to the shock of most in attendance protests were ignored. Connor Hughes who has impressed since signing for Celtic saw his shot crash of the post only moments later.

Blyth are joint top scorers in the National League North but Celtic defended stoutly against their potent attack. Then on sixty nine minutes the quick footed Hughes gave Celtic the lead. With the Blyth defence dallying Hughes nipped in and slotted the ball home. It could have been two minutes later when Lamin Colley headed towards goal only to see it hit his own man when goal bound.

The home side chucked everything at Celtic and got the leveler on seventy nine minutes. A corner was met with a thundering head from Sean Reid and it crashed into the net.

It looked like a replay was on the cards only for Ian Watson to have other plans. Powering forward from the back he curled a sublime effort into the corner from 20 plus yards. A hammer blow for Celtic who deserved another go at it in a replay at the least, but a goal worthy to win a close game. It is back to league focus for Celtic now with some important fixtures on the horizon.

By Shaun Bishop