With Dan , Josh , and Jack out injured and no Morgan the team still appeared capable of matching Stalybridge who of late are our bogey team .
Throughout the game the backline looked solid with Dev having his best game and run of the season and looking back to his best , Rob sweeping up throughout and winning a tackle in a fashion he was never going to lose and both Luke and Ben deputising really well so much so that they will be starting next week against Failsworth Dynamoes .
In front Joel played his first game here as his game on the ground has improved no end though it would take time to adjust to the position but we felt we needed more bite in this position and a physical presence which he did in abundance supported by Joe H .
Their goal came from an obvious push by Joel which provided an easy opportunity to put a shot on goal and they picked up the pieces to make it 1-0 .
Our best effort came from the dominant Dev whipping in a super ball for Marcus to head at the keeper who pulled off a super save .
Our half time team talk was quite simply to get stuck in more as again Stalybridge were winning far too many challenges with ourselves not prepared to get hurt . Also we wanted the two wide players to get in behind their back four as far too often they were too deep when collecting the ball .
The effort from the lads was always there in the game though we did lack cutting edge up front predominantly as Morgan has been on fire holding the ball up really well to bring others in the game as well as scoring recently .
That battling got us a penalty as we put pressure on Celtic a number of times and a silly handball got us back in the game as Oisin stood tall under the pressure with only five minutes to go to back up his fine display to give us the equaliser putting the penalty to the keepers right but with power to guarantee the goal . Man of the Match has to go to Dev though who needs to keep this form and desire going now , Great to watch .