Perfect end to last away trip
22 April 2017
For the final time in the 2016-17 season The Lambs made a trip away from home and arrived at Bower Fold, home of Steve Burr’s relegation threatened Stalybridge, in glorious sunshine. Andy Morrell made one change to the side that strolled past Alfreton on Easter Monday with Paul Green making way for the returning Luke Jones.
Tamworth got the game underway, kicking downhill and with the sun on their back in the first half, but Celtic had the first chance with Roberts missing a header when well placed in the six yard box.
However, on 5 Newton struck his 26th of the season with a collectors item – a right footed strike from the left of the box after beating his man and cutting back before firing home from 12 yards. (1-0, 5 mins)
And Shenton was beaten less than 2 minutes later when a he won a corner on the right and finished it with a simple but well taken strike from close range (2-0, 7 mins)
Wisdom was forced from the field on 12 after a crunching tackle by the Lambs touchine and Dunbar struck the bar with the resulting freekick.
Celtic continued to cause problems for the Lambs back line but it was 3-0 on 17 when Ben Fox picked the ball up on the edge of the area and struck low past Shenton to the delight of the travelling faithful behind the goal. (3-0, 17 mins)
Styche semed to have timed his run over the half way line but was denied a one on one with Shenton by a quickly raised offside flag. Tamworth looked to take further control around the half hour mark, building from the back through Jezeph where required, as Morrell and Fowler urged the players to pass the ball around on the floor and when Newton cut it back, Styche was just a whisker away from making it 4-0.
Taylor made a good pass through the Celtic back line to release Styche on 32 and his lofted pas was just too much for Newton to get a shot away on target, but he still got the shot away and caused the Lambs fans to duck behind the goal.
Jezeph was called upon to tip a low long range effort around the post on 33 and the corner was cleared but Lane suffered a blow to the face and had to have a bloody nose tended to before swapping his shirt for number 18.
Taylor looked for number 4 with a right footed shot from the left of the area but sent it into the terracing, and the return ball from the crowd was equally as off target!
Newton nearly netted his third shortly before two added minutes was shown, but Shelton was able to get down and push the ball past the post and the corner came to nothing.
Brandon Fox was replaced by Powell at the break before Celtic restarted the game. Wilkins tried his luck from the edge of the box on 48 but lifted the ball high over the target.
And when Taylor found space on 53 he was unable to hit the target with his low angled shot from the left of the box and so it remained 3-0.
Celtic forced a corner on 59 but it came to nothing and Green replaced Morley for the last half hour exchanging a few humorous words with the referee in the process.
Powell was upended on 63 and from the freekick Styche glanced his header past the far post.
But Newton did manage to get the ball in the net with a header that he made look easy to complete his perfect hat-trick, and the first of the season.
Roberts got sight of Jezeph’s goal on 72 but lifted his shot on the angle over the corner of bar and post. Former Lamb Regan headed wide of the mark when well placed on 75 and Deeney was booked for dissent on 78.
Dyer replaced Taylor on 80 as the time ran down on Celtic’s tenure in the National League North but there was still time for the home side to cause some worry at the back as they conspired to get the ball into the box before it was quickly cleared by The Lambs defence.
Lane needed a few moments to recover from cramp and when play resumed Dyer and Powell tried to get a fifth but the flag denied the latter’s backheel past Shelton.
Powell forced a corner on 87 but Jones’ header was booted away from danger and after two minutes added time the final whistle blew on Celtic's time in the league, and The Lambs away trips for the season.
Jezeph, Burns, Morley (Green 60), Deeney, Jones (c.), Lane, Fox (Brandon) (Powell HT), Fox (Ben), Newton, Styche, Taylor (Dyer 80)
Subs: Clarke, Davies
Booked: Deeney 78
Stalybridge Celtic Team:
Shenton, Morton, Wisdom (Deacon 12), Regan, Mather, Chalmers, Dunbar, Gee (c.) (Bakare 60), Bishop (Ahmadi 72), Roberts,Wilkins
Subs: Platt, McKnight
Referee: Mr. D. McNamara