Drury surprised by Stalybridge struggles

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Graham Drury has been surprised by Stalybridge Celtic’s recent struggles in the Blue Square Net North.

Celtic have only won two of their last 15 league games and plummeted from being Hyde’s closest challengers for the title to currently being outside the play-off places.

Corby are also on a poor run after three straight defeats.

But Drury knows that, with their good record at Bower Fold, tomorrow represents a good chance for them to get three welcome points.

But he is also expecting a tough task in the north-west as Celtic look to bounce back from losing to Boston United last time out.

“I’ve been very, very surprised at how they have been struggling of late because they’ve got some very good players, they’re full-time and Jim Harvey is a very good manager,” said Drury .

“Nick Rogan, who left us to go to them, has now just left them and gone to Marine.

“But they’ve got Stephen Brogan and Craig Hobson scoring a few goals and Phil Marsh is always a danger up front too.

“They’ve had a bit of dip but I’m sure they’ll be well organised for us.

“And a couple of wins will see them back in the play-offs and, for what it’s worth, I think they will be in those play-offs come the end of the season.

“When they beat us earlier in the season, I thought they were a fantastic side.

“But every team has a bad run at some point and they haven’t had that before now so this could be a good time to play them.

“We’ve had a bit of joy there in the past and we need to chalk some points up on the board ourselves.

“Hopefully we can catch them on another bad day while we can play a bit of good football and get that victory.

“I thought there were positives to take from the game against Worcester last week and we just didn’t have the luck on that day.

“But hopefully it will be with us tomorrow.”