Youth Team's mini revival halted as Stalybridge Celtic complete double.
By Derek Buckley
Three-goal burst leaves youngsters with an uphill task.
Full Time Score from Stockport Sports Village:
North West Youth Alliance:
Stalybridge Celtic Youth 6 Witton Albion Youth 3.
Witton's Youth team 's mini revival was halted in defeat against Stalybridge Celtic at Stockport Sports Village on Sunday afternoon. Following two excellent victories in which they scored eight goals, the youngsters got off to the perfect start when striker Jordan Coles gave them the lead on seven minutes, with a 25 yard shot which went in off the underside of the crossbar.
The home side were allowed back into the game on fifteen minutes when they equalised following an error from Albion keeper Lee Wilkinson when there was no pressure. Celtic went in front on 23 minutes when poor marking allowed the home player a free header and stretched their lead four minutes later, to lead 3-1 at the half time interval.
The second half was fairly uneventful until Stalybridge added two further goals in the space of sixty seconds on 57 & 58 minutes. Witton reduced the arrears on 64 minutes when substitute Sam Cryer scrambled the ball home before Celtic got their sixth of the afternoon on 73 minutes. Zac Cooke completed the afternoon's scoring with Witton's third on 80 minutes when tapping home from close-range.
So Stalybridge completed the league double over Witton and injuries in the second half to key players Jordan Coles, Tom Edwards, Sam McLaughlin & Macauley Clifton didn't help but they also contributed to their own downfall in some ways.
Witton Albion Youth:
Lee Wilkinson, Charlie Antrobus, Ben Clark, Joe Booth, Luke Walton, Sam McLaughlin, Zac Cooke, Jordan Coles, Kyle Phipps,Tom Edwards, Macauley Clifton.
Subs: Callum Haves, Sam Cryer, Joe Stubbs, Gerard Crane, Ethan Boyes.
Witton Man of the Match was Ben Clark, who was excellent from left back.