Celtic to play second game in 24 hours at Ashton United
Tuesday 17th April 2018 @ 12:23 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Following a string of consecutive postponements earlier this year, Stalybridge Celtic are having to contend with a congested fixture list to complete the season.

Such is the magnitude of the fixture pile-up, Steve Burr’s side are scheduled to play seven games in 11 days – starting tonight against Ashton United in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The game arrives just 24 hours after Celtic were knocked out of the Cheshire Senior cup semi-final at Nantwich Town, in a game that ended 4-3 to the hosts.

A valiant effort saw Celtic come from behind twice in the fixture to level the score, although they were ultimately undone in stoppage time when Stephen Jones scored a 95th minute winner.

Nantwich will now face Stockport Town in the final of the competition.

As for Celtic, their chances of claiming any piece of silverware are over for another season, as Burr’s side looked destined for a low finish in the Premier Division.

At the opposite end of the table, Ashton United have so far enjoyed a positive season.

Jody Banim is enjoying his first full season in charge of the Robins, as the former Radcliffe Borough striker has guided his side to fourth in the table with four games remaining. Although not mathematical, a victory this evening would more or less confirm the Robins’ place in the playoffs for a fourth time in five years.

Banim’s side enter the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Halesowen Town on Saturday. Liam Tomsett popped up in the 90th minute to grab his side a valuable point.