Exciting Celtic Survive Late Scare To Vanquish Stretfordians

February 17, 2013
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FORFACE0751Hooley Bridge Celtic’s multi-pronged forward line was too strong for Old Stretfordians at Heywood Leisure Centre.

The attacking spearhead of Ellis Ridsale, Martyn Bennett and Johnny Lynch scored four of Hooley Bridge’s five goals as they moved out of the bottom three of the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League Premier Division after an entertaining 5-3 victory.

It was 2-1 at  half-time thanks to goals from Bennett and the experienced Marcus Smith (from the penalty spot) but the bigger Stretfordians side were always a threat to the more skillful but at times lightweight home side.

The game ebbed and flowed in an exciting second period, and Ridsdale scored twice as Hooley showed that what they lack in size they make up for in pace and guile.

There was a tense end as the visitors bagged a controversial penalty after scoring a great volley, but Lynch made the most of another break, slipping the ball past the visiting keeper with virtually the last kick of the game to secure victory.

Hooley were boosted by a rare appearance from the experienced Phil Porter, who marshalled the team well from centre midfield.

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