Celtic slip to fourth with second straight defeat

Dewsbury Celtic slipped to fourth in the Rugby League Conference after a narrow 2822 defeat to the Walesbased Valley Cougars.
Valleys opened in determined fashion and immediately put Celtic under pressure, Ryan Saddler held up in the 15th minute.
But it was Celtic who opened the scoring, hooker Liam Edwards from acting halfback sending Dewsbury’s best player Alex Walmsley on a thrilling 50metre run to score at the side of the sticks, Niki Crabtree converting.
In the 25th minute Valley’s Tylan Mafi came close scoring but was pushed into touch by the Celtic cover tacklers in the corner.
In response, Josh West cheekily chipped over the visiting defensive line, collected but was unable to ground the ball.
The visitors got on the scoresheet four minutes before the break, Steve Bray forcing his way past the tacklers to score from 10 metres out.
Celtic continued to pressure but were undone on the stroke of half time, a long kick down field seeing Lewis Fox steal in and gather to go over near the posts, Paul Emmanuelli converting to make it 106.
Dewsbury, playing downhill in the second half, began strongly Alex Walmsley just held up on the line in the 44th minute
Valley’s responded when winger Danyl Davies took advantage of a loose ball to sprint 80 metres up the flank to score close to the corner, Emmanuelli goaling superbly.
The hosts replied two minutes later as West saw a gap and put hugely impressive Alex Walmsley through for his second try, Niki Crabtree’s goal reducing the deficit to four points.
Both teams lost a player on the hour with the sin binning of Celtic’s Danny Thomas and Valley’s Sean Owens.
Soon after, the excellent Jones battled his way over in the corner, Emmanuelli again adding the goal but, in a nip and tuck clash, in the 68th minute Edwards and West teamed up to put Tom Harrington in at the corner, to narrow the gap to a converted score.
Thomas returned and within two minutes came close to scoring as he was put through on a clear run only to be called back for a forward pass.
The visitors stretched their lead to a decisive one in the 77th minute when a cross field kick was collected by Jack Pring to score in the corner, converted by Emmanuelli
Celtic finished off the scoring in the last minute to at least grab a bonus point when Valleys put a high ball up into the home quarter only for Pat Foulstone to catch and run 80 metres for a glorious touchdown in consolation.

CELTIC: Pat Foulstone, Tom Kilroy, Danny Crabtree, Tom Harrington, Jason Muranka, Josh West, Niki Crabtree, Liam Walmlsey, Liam Edwards, Alex Walmlsey, Shane Tasker Howard, Joe Diskin, Danny Thomas. Subs: Tom Norris, Elliott Smith, Ryan Ginnelly, Dave Townend.
Tries: A. Walmsley (22, 47), Harrington (68), Foulstone (79). Goals: N. Crabtree 3

COUGARS: Kev James, Liam Watton, Lewis Fox, Jack Pring, Danyl Davies, Paul Emmanulli, Phil Carlton, Chris Davies, Sean Owens, Ryan Saddler, Mark Jones, Barrie Phillips, Tylan Mafi. Subs: Steve Lang, Ben Thomas, Lee Jenkins, Steve Bray.
Tries: Bray (36), Fox (38), Davies (45), Jones (61), Pring (77)
Goals: Emmanuelli 4

Men of the match: Alex Walmsley (Celtic)
Half time 610
Referee: Luke Fellows

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