MOTORS finally ended a barren run of five consecutive defeats with an 89th minute ‘smash & grab’ winner at Bower Fold.
Whilst the home side dominated for long periods of the game, Motors soaked up the pressure then hit Celtic with the sucker punch in the final minute courtesy of a goal from substitute Louis Moss.
Vauxhall manager Carl Macauley said: “We’ve soaked up an awful lot of pressure but there was no time that I felt the game was going to get away from us.
“We continued to plug away and got our reward thanks to a clever finish from Louis Moss. Celtic will feel they’ve been unlucky but that’s football for you.”
The early exchanges were all for the home side with Lewis Hatch unleashing a fierce drive against Craig Ellison’s left hand post then Jonny Lindsay firing over and Tom Buckley dragging a shot wide but Celtic were unable to break the deadlock.
On 42 minutes, on loan Robbie Booth went close when his cross-come shot floated over Celtic keeper Alex Cairns but wide of the post.
Motors improved in the second half and were unlucky when debutant striker Ashley Stott – signed from Witton Albion – was inches away from converting a teasing left wing cross from David Thompson.
At the other end Andy Nicholas did well to block a point blank header from Dennis Sheriff then Hatch clipped the bar on 70 minutes.
Just two minutes later, Celtic were reduced to 10 men when Hatch was shown a straight red card following a poor challenge on Motors’ new signing Louis Barnes.
Stalybridge still pressed for a winner however, on 89 minutes, they were caught on the counter attack and Booth’s left wing cross was headed home by Moss to give the Motormen a much-needed three points.
MOTORS are at home to Boston United on Saturday. Kick-off at Rivacre Park is 3pm