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Celtic maintain unbeaten run with hard fought victory over Workington
Monday 27th August 2018 @ 19:36 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Stalybridge Celtic 1-0 Workington


Celtic continued their impressive start to the campaign and claimed a hard fought victory on bank holiday Monday. A win which sees them unbeaten and sitting second in the table.

Following Saturdays point away at Warrington Town, Simon Haworth changed his side slightly with knocks and tired legs factored for. Niall Flint tried to play with a injury sustained on Saturday but was forced off before the half hour mark.

Workington started the stronger and Sam Joel was causing problems. To their credit, the Celtic defence continued their impressive form and on the occasion they were breached they met Jake Turner who once again impressed in the Celtic goal.

Liam Tongue went close with a overhead kick for Celtic, whilst John Marsden fashioned a chance from nothing and saw a 20 yard shot narrowly edge past the post.

Celtic looked leggy and new signing Neil Kengni was introduced to spark them, and how he did. The speedy wide man brought an injection of urgency and pace to Celtic’s play.

Then as Kenghi broke down the left flank, he skipped past his marker with ease and burst into the box.

With a tight angle a cross looked the easy option, but Kenghi had other ideas as he found the only gap at the near post and burried his effort. An excellent finish.

Celtic should then have had a stone wall penalty as Douglas clearly handled the ball in the area, a clear a penalty as you will see. Bizarrely the referee waved play on.

The game was at boiling point on several occasions, and as the referee failed to stamp it out early, it was only a matter of time before it blew up. It did just that when Jason Walker reacted to a Scott Wilson foul by elbowing his marker in the head. A straight red card if ever there was one.

As the game went on, Workington pushed for a leveller. But again Celtic’s water tight defence stood firm. This being their third clean sheet in four games. A well earned win for Celtic as Simon Haworth starts to put his stamp on this Celtic side.

l Stalybridge Celtic Supporters Association are running a subsidised coach to their game at Stafford Rangers on Saturday,  September 1. Leaving Stalybridge bus station at 12pm, £4 for SCSA members, £6 non members. To book please email [email protected] or turn up on Saturday limited spaces available.

By Shaun Bishop