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Match Preview and Report - Stalybridge Celtic (Home) 25.08.18

By Mark Strickland and Dominc Watts

Match Preview

Today, Warrington go head to head with Stalybridge Celtic.


On Tuesday night, the Yellows got their first victory of the season against Lancaster City. After falling behind early on, strikes from Josh Amis and James Caton, coincided with an own goal meant Carden’s side got a much needed three points.


As for Celtic, they have kickstarted their season with two home fixtures. An opening day fixture ended in a stalemate against Marine, whilst they defeated Mickleover Sports by three goals to two.


Last season, today’s visitors completed a shock double against Town. When they visited the Winner Recruitment Stadium in mid February of this year, they were major underdogs, after not winning away from home for the whole season. However, despite Town dominating performance, the Celts took the lead. Although, Town would get a late penalty and a chance to rescue a point. It wasn’t meant to be though, as Joe Piggott’s penalty was kept out.


Just over a month later, the Wire had the chance to put the record straight, when they visited Bower Fold. WTFC had won 5 and drawn 1 since the reverse fixture and were now in a serious title challenge with leaders, Altrincham. Furthermore, prior to the game Mekhi-Leacock McLeod, Jay McEveley and Adam Dugdale had been signed, to give the Yellows a late season boost.


Yet, once more it wasn’t to be. The hosts triumphing two nill, striking two sucker punches, before the interval.


Team news wise there is no injuries to our knowledge - the question is, will Jack Mackreth and David Raven be internationally cleared to make their first competitive appearances?


Match Report


On Saturday, Warrington Town returned to Cantilever Park on the back of a 3-1 away win at Lancaster City to play Stalybridge Celtic. Although Stalybridge finished 19 places behind Warrington, they were able to win both games between the two teams last season. Warrington named an unchanged side from the Lancaster game, however Shaun Beeley returned to the bench.


Throughout the game, Warrington had the better of the chances. Early on in the game, James Caton cut in and had a powerful shot headed away. After a Stalybridge corner, the ball fell to Matty Wolfenden on the edge of the box, and he went for goal of the season, but it was deflected wide for another corner. Later on in the first half, Robbie Evans played it through to Tony Gray, but he was offside. Arguably the best chance of the first half came when Gray crossed to Ben Garrity, who headed towards the bottom left corner, but Jake Turner, the Stalybridge goalkeeper, had a very good game and the header wasn’t enough to beat him. In the 39th minute, Beeley was summoned replaced the unfortunatley injured Jack Dunn. 


As in the first half, but even more so, Warrington dominated the chances, with Stalybridge only having serious chances in the dying embers of the game. Caton crossed to Gray, but Gray was well defended and couldn’t get a powerful shot off. Caton won a free kick from beating his man and being brought down, and the proceeding cross from Evans, was turned just wide by Adam Hughes. Scott Wilson was booked for holding back Josh Amis, who also got carded for dissent, and in the 65th minute, Amis was subbed off for Richard Brodie. The Stalybridge keeper had come out to clear but it wasn’t the best clearance and it fell to Brodie awkwardly, so the following shot was not quite good enough to beat the keeper who had got back in time. In the 70th minute, Caton was subbed off for Dylan Vassallo. Vassallo played a beautiful through ball to Brodie, who drilled it across the box, but Vassallo couldn’t quite get the final touch on the ball to break the deadlock. Going into stoppage time, Marsden took a shot at Tony McMillan, but he made a comfortable save to keep the clean sheet and the point in tact.


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