Hooley Bridge Celtic

Get Behind Your Local Teams – Three At Home On Saturday

March 9, 2012
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Get Behind Your Local Teams – Three At Home On Saturday

There’s no excuses not to support your local teams this weekend – especially on Saturday as three teams are within 400 yards of each other! Hooley Bridge Celtic face a crunch clash in their bid to stay in the Premier League of the Lancashire And Cheshire Amateur League. Celtic sit just two points above Chorltonians, who occupy the bottom two spots along with Hazel Grove (tables in sidebar). They entertain South Manchester at the Leisure Centre in a 2.30pm kick-off. Souths are the team immediately above Celtic, but have played four games less. However, it’s a game they must feel…

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Lancs And Cheshire Amateur League Results 02/03/12

March 4, 2012
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A mixed weekend for Hooley Bridge Celtic teams in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League. The first XI couldn’t build on last week’s defeat of Old Stretfordians as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Whalley Range, a defeat that keeps them third bottom of the Premier Division. The seconds recorded an excellent 3-1 in at Fletcher Moss to keep their title charge on track, while the thirds slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Moston Brook Thirds.

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Frustration For Hooley As Late Error Costs A Point

February 27, 2012
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Frustration For Hooley As Late Error Costs A Point

A late blunder cost Hooley Bridge Celtic 3rds dearly as they went down 2-1 at Heywood Leisure Centre to Staley Lions. They looked like they had done enough to secure a point in another hard-fought encounter on the boggy top pitch at Starkey Street. They came back from 1-0 down thanks to an opportunist strike from Tom Rush, via a Mikey Grogan hoof downfield, and on a gloomy day looked to be on course for at least a point. But a late error from a thrown in left Grogan exposed and Staley went back to Tameside with the points. The…

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Classy Howard Finish Brings Joy To Hooley

February 26, 2012
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Classy Howard Finish Brings Joy To Hooley

[thethe-image-slider name="PaulBurkegoal"] Click above to see slides. Lee Howard hit a stunning late winner as Hooley Bridge Celtic 1sts got back to winning ways at Heywood Leisure Centre on Saturday. Howard curled a right-foot effort past Old Stretfordians’ keeper to give his side a well-deserved 2-1 home victory. It followed a magnificent run by midfield maestro Ben Tanner, who ghosted through the Stretfordians’ defence to give Howard the chance to seal a famous victory. Manager Norman Kenyon admitted before the game it was tough times for a young Hooley side. He expected a tough clash against a team who had…

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Hooley Thirds Struggle In Face Of First-Half Gale

February 19, 2012
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Hooley Thirds Struggle In Face Of First-Half Gale

Playing into a first-half, howling gale didn’t do any favours to Hooley Bridge Celtic thirds at home to Irlam Steel in the cup on Saturday. Hooley had won a previous cup clash against their Manchester visitors, but the game was ruled null and void because of problems with the number of subs named by Hooley. However, it was a complete case of roles reversal as Irlam inflicted a 5-1 battering on Hooley at Heywood Leisure Centre. Keeper Mikey Grogan found he could barely clear the ball past half-way such was the force of the wind and Irlam exploited their pace…

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Weakened Hooley Struggle In Poor Conditions Against Villa

February 19, 2012
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Weakened Hooley Struggle In Poor Conditions Against Villa

Hooley Bridge Celtics firsts were on the wrong side of a 5-1 thrashing at Heywood Leisure Centre on Saturday. They found visitors Cheadle Hulme Villa too strong and too committed in atrocious conditions that included a howling wind and some shocking hail. Hooley were without their star striker Ashford Blake – who didn’t turn up – and they lacked his pace and menace in the left wing-forward position and they far too often struggled to offer an attacking threat. Hooley’s problems came out wide, where they have been exposed too often in recent times. They went down 2-0 early on…

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Mellor Exploit Hooley Weakness To Edge Seven-Goal Thriller

January 29, 2012
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Mellor Exploit Hooley Weakness To Edge Seven-Goal Thriller

Ashford Blake’s double and a great finish from Lee Howard turned out to be all in vain as Hooley Bridge Celtic went down to a 4-3 defeat at home to Mellor in a thriller of a contest at Heywood Leisure Centre. Tempers were sometimes frayed – referee Mark Verigotta brandishing a number of yellow cards – and the visitors certainly knew how to wind up Hooley, especially their aggressive number 6 who was involved in a number of skirmishes. It was difficult to pinpoint the reason for so many goals – was it good attacking play or shocking defending? –…

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Hooley Bridge Beat Castleton In Shoot-Out Thriller

January 16, 2012
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Hooley Bridge Beat Castleton In Shoot-Out Thriller

Here are some pictures from Hooley Bridge Celtic’s cup victory over Castleton on Saturday at the Leisure Centre. The young team proved Alec Gill’s faith in them is justified as they battled hard against an in-form Castleton side to win on penalties after the game finished 2-2.

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