CELTIC SURGE GATH­ERS PACE

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Keith Trud­geon

STALYBRIDGE con­tin­ued their climb up the Evo-Stik Premier League ta­ble as they put Matlock to the sword.

They recorded their third win in four games af­ter dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion through­out.

Liam Dickinson opened the scor­ing on 24 min­utes af­ter Alex Honey­ball chased what looked to be a lost cause on the left, and whipped in a cross for Celtic’s lead­ing scorer to hook home his ninth goal.

Theo Bai­ley-Jones and Oli Roberts both went close as Celtic looked to em­pha­sise their su­pe­ri­or­ity.

Matlock keeper Phil Barnes thwarted John Cofie with a su­perb save, but he was pow­er­less to prevent Celtic dou­bling their lead when neat in­ter­play be­tween Greg Wilkinson, Cofie and Honey­ball al­lowed the full­back to cross for Bai­ley-Jones.

They made the game safe on 81 min­utes when Wilkinson threaded a de­light­ful ball in­side full­back Kieran Wal­lace, and Bai­ley-Jones sim­ply slammed the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Adam Etches looked to have grabbed a con­so­la­tion goal for the vis­i­tors when he tapped home on 90 min­utes, but Celtic sim­ply swept to the other end and sub­sti­tute Jake Charles drilled home from the edge of the box to seal the points.

STAR MAN: Theo Bai­ley-Jones (S’bridge) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT:

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