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Battling Celtic slump to second defeat in 48 hours
Monday 23rd April 2018 @ 11:12 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Stalybridge Celtic 0-3 Coalville Town


Celtic slumped to their second defeat in 48 hours after a 3-0 loss to Coalville Town at Bower Fold.

Stephen Towers put the visitors ahead in the 20th minute, before Cleveland Taylor doubled the lead in the 59th minute, and Jake Wooley wrapped things up with five minutes remaining.

The result leaves Steve Burr’s side in 22nd spot ahead of tonight’s (Monday’s) clash at Mickleover Sports.

Although disappointing, the result wasn’t too surprising given the congested fixture list which saw Celtic play three times in the five days before the clash.

Celtic entered the game on the back of a 2-0 loss at Matlock Town on Thursday, and from the very first whistle it was evident that a number of players were struggling physically.

Coalville took advantage of Celtic’s tiredness and came close to scoring on a number of occasions in the opening stages. Nathan Watson should have done better when unmarked at the back post put he put his effort wide, before Kyle Dixon rounded George Sykes-Kenworthy and missed the target when it looked easier to score.

The visitors did manage to take the lead shortly after. In the 20th minute, a corner to the back post was headed home by Towers.

To their effort Celtic responded well and went on the attack to find an equaliser. Baulio Maieco’s shot deflected for a corner and Matty Wolfenden’s reverse diagonal shot lacking the power to get past Taylor who got across well.

Celtic continued to press for an equaliser in the opening stages of the second half and came close through Jake Charles. However, their efforts were in vain as Coalville grabbed a second shortly after when Taylor struck home from the edge of the box.

Coalville had chances to extend their lead in the minutes that followed, but so did Celtic at the other end of the pitch. Wolfenden’s header lacked enough power to trouble the Coalville shot stopper, while Elisene Fernandes dragged his effort wide of the target.

The visitors put the game to bed in the 85th minute when Wooley connected to a shot inside the box and guided the ball past a stranded Kenworthy.

Following the game, the club held its Player of the Year Awards in the Social Club.

The Fans’ Player of the Year was Liam Dickinson, second was Connor Hughes and third was Luke Ashworth.
The Players’ Player of the Year was Connor Hughes.
The Stalybridge Celtic Supporters Association Player of the Year was Connor Hughes.
The Manager’s Player of the Year was Luke Ashworth.
The Clubman of the Year was kitman, Phil Hall.
The Director’s Shield award was Peter Dennerly.