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First Team - Match centre

Stalybridge Celtic
N Kengni (67')
Full time
J Walker (85' Sent Off)
Mon 27 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 340

Frustrating afternoon for the Reds


Jason Walker’s dismissal for alleged use of the elbow compounded a frustrating afternoon for Reds.

They were already heading towards a second defeat of the season when referee Darren Rogers issued a red card to Reds’ top scorer after an 85th minute coming together with Celtic defender, Michael Clarke.

There was certainly contact and the man in the middle was well positioned to see the incident and was quick on the draw with the card.

David Hewson discounted a knee injury to Sam Smith or Walker’s dismissal as contributing factors to the defeat, blaming instead a collective failure to score when dominating long periods of the game.

After an even first half, Reds were well in control for the opening twenty minutes of the second period but, that said, couldn’t make territorial advantage count.

Often the final pass or touch let them down but Celtic ‘keeper, Jake Turner, confidently caught a Brad Hubbold shot and then dived full length to his left to push away a Niall Cowperthwaite shot.
Had either of those efforts bulged the net, it might have been different.

But they were shown how to find the target with Celtic’s substitute Neil Kengni doing just that, against the run of play, with a well taken 68th minute winner.

He skipped away from Gari Rowntree and Matty Douglas and confidently placed the ball beyond Aaran Taylor for a fine debut goal.

Douglas had a lucky escape soon after when the ball hit his arm only for the loud appeals for a penalty to be ignored.

Reds were never the same after that, Kengni’s goal clearly deflating a previously buoyant performance.

The debutant was denied a second goal by a smart Taylor save just before the end.

Liam Tongue was off target with two first half efforts for the hosts and Scott Bakkor volleyed narrowly wide via a corner.

Sam Joel saw one effort clear the bar and another blocked in the first half while Max Brown’s shot lacked the power to trouble Turner.

Joint boss, David Hewson, praised the performances of Hubbold and Cowperthwaite who dominated the midfield area but said, “Collectively, we haven’t done enough to win and the players know that was three points dropped.”

Stalybridge Celtic Turner, Tongue, Wilson, Brown T, Brady, Clarke, Wilkinson (Kengni, 55), Akrigg, Bakkor, Marsden, Flint (Dent, 27). Substitutes – Spooner, Maieco, Rigby (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith (Maguire, 34), Mellen, Hubbold, Cowperthwaite, Walker, Brown (Mossop, 69), Joel. Substitutes – Miller, Harker, Casson (not used).

Referee Darren Rogers

Bookings: Tongue, Kengni, Dent (Stalybridge Celtic), Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Brown, Maguire (Workington).

Red card: Walker (Workington)

Attendance 340

Brad Hubbold

Player of the Match

Brad Hubbold

Key moments

Goal Neil Kengni scores for Stalybridge Celtic
Red Card Jason Walker is sent off for Workington


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90:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Douglas is yellow carded for Workington
90:00 Player of the Match
Brad Hubbold is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Yellow Card
Neil Kengni is yellow carded for Stalybridge Celtic
90:00 Yellow Card
Gari Rowntree is yellow carded for Workington
85:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Jason Walker is sent off for Workington
69:00 Sub On
Sheldon Mossop is substituted on for Workington
69:00 Sub Off
Max Brown is substituted off for Workington
67:00 Goal 1 - 0
Neil Kengni scores for Stalybridge Celtic
64:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
55:00 Sub On
Neil Kengni is substituted on for Stalybridge Celtic
55:00 Sub Off
Greg Wilkinson is substituted off for Stalybridge Celtic
50:00 Yellow Card
Liam Tongue is yellow carded for Stalybridge Celtic
End of period 1
45:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Maguire is yellow carded for Workington
45:00 Yellow Card
Ross Dent is yellow carded for Stalybridge Celtic
43:00 Yellow Card
Max Brown is yellow carded for Workington
34:00 Sub On
Kieran Maguire is substituted on for Workington
34:00 Sub Off
Sam Smith is substituted off for Workington
27:00 Sub Off
Niall Flint is substituted off for Stalybridge Celtic
27:00 Sub On
Ross Dent is substituted on for Stalybridge Celtic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stalybridge Celtic
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Ross Dent Sub On 27:00'
  • Niall Flint Sub Off 27:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub On 34:00'
  • Sam Smith Sub Off 34:00'
  • Max Brown Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Ross Dent Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Liam Tongue Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Neil Kengni Sub On 55:00'
  • Greg Wilkinson Sub Off 55:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Neil Kengni Goal 67:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Sub On 69:00'
  • Max Brown Sub Off 69:00'
  • Jason Walker Red Card 85:00'
  • Matthew Douglas Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Neil Kengni Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Stalybridge Celtic
  • 1. Jake Turner
  • 2. Liam Tongue
  • 3. Scott Wilson
  • 4. Tom Brown
  • 5. Danny Brady
  • 6. Michael Clarke
  • 7. Greg Wilkinson
  • 8. Billy Akrigg
  • 9. Scott Bakkor
  • 10. John Marsden
  • 11. Niall Flint
  • 12. Callum Spooner
  • 14. Braulio Maieco
  • 15. Neil Kengni
  • 16. Stephen Rigby
  • 17. Ross Dent

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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