Match Report -
Evans above!
By Debbie Taylor

A home debut for new signing Evans saw him give a convincing performance.

The first half was an end to end, goal-less battle, with strong possession football played by both sides. Though it was Droylsden who came closest to opening the scoring with Stannard scuffing his shot after a feisty run, and Henningan struck the post which Ingham collected.

Not that Celtic had no chances. Parr, Sullivan and McNeil all went close, with Parr's header from Evan's just clipping the top of the bar. Just before half time, McNeil battled though at least six Droylsden defenders, only to see his bullet shot blocked at point blank range by Paul Phillips between the Droylsden sticks.

As is becoming traditional for Stalybridge this season, the second half tempo made the first half look like a walking pace.

Almost at the kick off, McNeil gave a short pass to Sullivan who made an inch perfect pass over the defence and onto Evans' head to nod in. A sublime goal.

Evans then immediately, and inadvertently, returned the favour as both he and Sullivan raced past the off-side trap. Evans' thunderous shot was parried by the Blood's 'keeper into the path of Tino, who calmly picked a spot where Phillips wasn't and slotted home his 5th of the season.

Man of the Match McNeil secured the victory for the Blues when he received the ball from an outstanding Steve Jones, that enabled him to skip smartly round the out flung arms of Paul Phillips and dribble the ball home. A trademark Matty goal.

Sullivan's late second only served to point out Celtic's rampant ability in the second half, when he half volleyed a shot past the committed Phillips.

Seemingly content with the four goals, Celtic sat back a little for the last five minutes of the game, which allowed substitute Danny Warner to dodge around Derek Ward and curl a lovely goal into the top corner, marring an otherwise flawless Celtic performance.