Celts end Bridge’s un­de­feated start

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

STALYBRIDGE in­flicted Bam­ber Bridge’s first de­feat of the sea­son in what was a pul­sat­ing clash at Bower Fold.

Celtic took the lead af­ter just two min­utes when the ball fell to Matty Wolfenden 20 yards out and his vi­cious vol­ley gave Lloyd Rigby in the Brig goal no chance as it whis­tled into the top cor­ner.

The vis­i­tors took only five min­utes to get back in the game when Kieran Charnock ar­rived late and un­chal­lenged to thun­der a header in from Alis­tair Wad­de­car’s cor­ner.

James Aspinall pre­vented Brig from tak­ing the lead with a su­perb stop from Wad­de­car and Wolfenden whipped a shot just wide as the game swung from end to end. Neil Kengni net­ted for Celtic but was thwarted by an off­side flag.

Right on half-time the dead­lock was bro­ken when Celtic’s Scott Bakkor broke free on the right and ri­fled home a ris­ing drive from the edge of the box.

Celtic looked to have made the points safe when Kengni’s per­sis­tence saw him drill home the third on 65 min­utes af­ter his ini­tial shot was blocked by Rigby, but Ryan White’s de­flected ef­fort two min­utes later set up a grand­stand fin­ish. Celtic al­ways looked the more likely but Wolfenden’s curl­ing drive against the bar was the clos­est ei­ther side came to adding to their tally.

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