STALYBRIDGE Celtic Foundation has again entered the Cheshire East Ability Counts League with two adult PAN-disability football teams participating.
This will be the third season the club has taken part in the League, which runs from October to May along with a cup competition in July at Aquinas College, Stockport, and run by Stockport County Community Sports and Education Foundation and the Cheshire Football Association.
Following on from an indifferent season last time out, the two teams attended the first set of fixtures on October 17 full of confidence and enthusiasm.
Both are in the championship division of the league alongside teams representing Stockport County, Buxton, Trafford Choices and Pennine United.
The premiership is made up of two sides from Reddish North End, Stockport County, Manchester City Amputees and SPARC.
Stalybridge Celtic Foundation community officer Mike Smith is also a member of the Cheshire Ability Counts Committee ensuring that the club has a say in how the league is run and managed going forward.
The results for the Blues on the night were P5 W2 D2 L1 F5 A4 GD+1 Pts 8:
- v Stockport County W2-0
- v Pennine United L2-0
- v Buxton D1-1
- v Trafford Choices D1-1
- v Stalybridge Celtic Whites W1-0
Manager: Danny Harrop; captain: Sam Jackson; team: Gavin Dunham, Lee Barrowclough, Craig Hollowcyk (GK), Adrian Pallett, Scott Bentley, Joanne Fairhurst, Jonathan Williams and Stephen Doyle
With the Whites, results were P5 W3 D0 L2 F6 A4 GD+2 Pts 9:
- v Stockport County W1-0
- v Pennine United L2-0
- v Buxton W4-1
- v Trafford Choices W1-0
- v Stalybridge Celtic Whites L1-0
Manager: Michael Adams; captain: Tim Dalton; team: Wayne Brocklehurst, Chris Fairhurst, Sean Moss, Adam Morris, Michael Bethwaite, Jenny Threadgold, Anthony Fairhurst and Lee Fairhurst.
So a good start to the league season by both the Blues and the Whites, who are back in weekly training every Tuesday evening, 6pm to 7pm at Ashton Sixth Form College, Ashton.
Mike Smith said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have a squad of 21 players in our PAN-disability team this season, which will enable us to field two teams in the Ability Counts League.
“We also arranged a couple of friendly fixtures with FC United of Manchester prior to the league starting, to prepare the team for what lies ahead.
“We also have a married couple in the squad, Anthony and Joanne Fairhurst, which has to be a first!”
The next set of league fixtures will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at 6pm.
For more information, follow the team on Facebook: Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Ability Counts