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Dec 28 13 5:40 PM

The lads are defending well, with about 10 plus to go. Mark Williams brought down. Yellow card. They are being outclassed by Williams. Even after being on the floor, he comes away with the ball.

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Dec 28 13 5:56 PM

Great result.  Harrogate lost so we're now up to eighth!

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Dec 28 13 9:32 PM

Bay played really well in the first half, totally dominated the game in all areas. Ref then decides to send Anthony Stephens off for what looked to be a good but strong challenge.Influenced perhaps by their player writhing around on the floor and squealing along with the home fans screaming for a card. Second half was more Stalybridge as they made the extra man count and it was a bit backs to the wall for the Bay who defended well, dug in and held out for a deserved victory.All three Bay goals were class today and followed good build ups beforehand. Stalybridge did not deserve anything from this game and were the worst performing team I have seen in a long while until the sending off changed the game.
Well done Frank and the lads, keep it going!
See you at Vauxhall on New Year's Day

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Dec 28 13 11:39 PM

It was a great performance from the bay. Kept position when down to 10 men. Could not really pick a man of the match, because every player put in a shift on the day, including the subs. Frank and the staff should be proud, it was a team effort. Really looking forward to the Vauxhall game on new years day. Then Gloucester on Saturday at home. Remember their fans at the end of last season? Love it!!!

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Dec 29 13 10:37 AM

In a nutshell and reiterated what has already been said, we were awesome!

The first 45 mins was pure class, the way we passed the ball around, switching sides, the defenders coolly spreading the ball around with Willo turning Stalybridge inside out and then the goals...brilliant. The first was a rocket by the blonde Messi, the second was from great inter-play and the third, well that has to be the best Bay goal I've ever seen. You could have been mistaken thinking you were watching arsenal play the way they pinged the ball around before Evo slotted away.

Second half was spoilt by the ref, never a sending off. Stephens won the ball but their play screamed and rolled round before being able to continue with the play. Inconsistent by the ref who should have sent one of theirs off for kicking out at Marc Williams which even their match report noted. Even with 10 men they couldn't really get the ball of us and whilst we sat deep we looked reasonably comfortable.

Someone said they are full-timers?! One of the worst teams I've seen in this league, the goalkeeper looked nervous, the defence and midfield kept losing the ball whereas the strikers looked sharp but just weren't getting the service.

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#37 [url]

Dec 29 13 12:03 PM

It's great to see what is a young team playing so well and getting the results and plaudits they deserve.  Frank, Adi and Gus and the players all need to be congratulated for a tremendous effort and of course The Board for backing them.  it's also nice to see some old time regulars posting positively on here, will be nice to see some of you lads at the Bernebay stadium soon. 

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Dec 29 13 5:31 PM

Just thought you might all like to see how Scalybridge Celtic thought the game went. From what I have read on here Colwyn Bay where by far the better team.

Celtic looked a little shell shocked at the start of the match after the Boxing Day mawling, but James Tunnicliffe put in a man of the match performance across the park to give Celtic a bit of pride against a well drilled Colwyn side that looked massively different from the team Celtic beat earlier in the season.

Craig Ellison looked to have recovered from the nightmare at Altrincham, but there was nothing he could do when two minutes into the game, Sean Williams saw a *%%%+ of space and unleashed a thunderbolt from thirty-five yards screaming straight into the top corner.

This added to Celtic’s shell-shocked look, and there was some moments of panic at the back, with Mike Lea cutting inside and forcing Craig Ellison into a full stretch save, and he was there again to make Williams’s next effort look tame. Then came a rare moment for Celtic: a goal straight from a corner. Callum Warburton’s inch perfect corner kick was thumped goalward by James Tunnicliffe and although Chris Sanna got a hand to it, he couldn’t keep it out.

Celtic were calmed somewhat by the goal, and began to give as good as they got, but every time the ball was in the Celtic box, there was a lack of cohesion, and this was most evident on the half hour when Celtic just could not get any distance on a clearance from a corner, and it kept coming straight back in, until the inevitable happened and Marc Williams was lethal from four yards.

Celtic were immediately back to trembling mode again, and this time Colwyn Bay capitalised with a clinical finish from Gareth Evans that left Ellison no chance of reaching it, although questions have to be asked of those in front of him allowing Evans the space he needed.

Celtic nearly got one back just before half time when Callum Warburton latched onto a half clearance from his own corner and fired through a crowd, but the deflection took it too Sanna instead of away, and Celtic trailed 3-1 at the interval. The frustration in the Celtic team was obvious, and Kristian Platt was lucky to stay on the pitch when he kicked out at Marc Williams and earned only a yellow.

Confidence surged back through the Celtic team ten minutes into the game when a stupidly reckless, two-footed challenge from Anthony Stephens sliced straight through Sean McConville leaving the Celtic midfielder in agony. With the ball already gone, there was no option but to issue a straight red for Stephens and reduce the visitors to ten men. It was obvious that the whole Celtic squad thought there was a chance to claw back the two goal deficit now.

But, they reckoned without the well drilled Colwyn Bay defence. It was difficult to break down, and when they were beaten, as Phil Marsh did twice in a minute, Chris Sanna was on hand. He denied Lewis Hatch distance effort, and kept the cushion in place as Celtic’s attacks washed up on solid rock. Sean McConville’s superb effort deserved more but an acrobatic save from Sanna denied him at the expense of a corner that McConville headed narrowly wide.

A goal was coming, and it came from the quicksilver Adam Pepper, working a bit of space and unleashing a powerful rising drive that Sanna grasped for but couldn’t reach, but the standard ninety were up.

Celtic were handed a lifeline when the referee punished the relentless Colwyn Bay time wasting by adding six minutes, annoying the manager, Sinclair, who had been the one urging his keeper to slow it down on goal kicks (that earned him a booking), and the rest of his team on every dead ball.

The following six minutes saw an onslaught from Celtic, but breaking through the eight man wall was too big an ask, but with seconds left on the clock, a peach of a cross from Andy McWilliams found the boot of Obi Anorou who thought he’d pulled an unlikely draw out of the bag until Chris Sanna pulled a truly outstanding reaction point-blank save out of the bag, and took all three points for his team.

Celtic will have to do it all again on Thursday as we face Altrincham in the second of the Festive Fixtures. A return of the confidence from the second half today will go someway to ensure that the Boxing Day Match isn’t repeated with a knock-out.

Hope we play as well on New years Day Hopefully see many of you there. Happy New year to all at C.Bay Fc

Last Edited By: johnssom Dec 29 13 5:34 PM. Edited 1 time.

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