28/10/2015 Wed 7.45pm
Fourth Round Qualifying (Replay)
0-0 After Extra Time (Stalybridge Celtic win 8-7 on Penalties)
Another familiar trip along the M62 took me again to what was becoming home from home as I wandered down Church Road and up Grange Lane for the 3rd time. This was to be the largest attendance I had seen here with a whopping 710 fans turning out to see the spectacle.
The game itself was very much like the initial fixture in many ways. These two sides were very evenly matched and bar a few chances in the first couple of minutes, the first half very much deserved the 0-0 that it ended with. The second half however was much more entertaining and North Ferriby should have certainly scored with Tom Denton (the 6ft 7in monster forward) causing a menace after coming on at half time. Congratulations to Celtic’s keeper McMillan who was the hero after stopping a number of certain goals which would have seen them go out of the competition. Despite the chances, the game ended 0-0 and the game went to penalties….
After 15 penalties and deep into sudden death, all players had scored (including Celtic’s keeper bizarrely!) and it was left to Ferriby’s Fry who unfortunately sent it over the bar. Utter agony.
I would like to thank North Ferriby United, the players and the fans for my enjoyable time following you on what has been an amazing journey.
Celtic, I will be fully behind you at Doncaster!