WEST Allotment Celtic had elusive winger Dean Lee to thank as they registered their first win of the season on Wednesday night and remain unbeaten in the second division.
Lee wreaked havoc against Stokesley scored the first before setting up the second in what turned out to be a relatively comfortable victory for Allotment.
A scrappy first half and floodlight failure had threatened to set the tone for a forgettable evening at Broughton Road but Paul Stoneman sent his side out for the second half with a renewed vigour that saw them take the lead courtesy of Lee, the winger cutting into the box to collect Dunn’s low cross before creating space and firing low past Justin Hutchinson in the Stokesley goal to make it three goals in his opening three appearances.
The opening goal visibly lifted a weight off the shoulders of Allotment and they began to play with a kind of freedom that any team in the division would find difficult to cope with.
Tony Lancaster, who went within inches of giving Allotment a first half lead when his long range effort hit the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down onto the goal line, was also searching for the net in his third consecutive match but his smart turn and finish could only produce a fine save from Hutchinson.
Allotment quickly established a two goal cushion, this time Lee was the architect as his inswinging corner was met by the head of player-manager Stoneman to plant home after rising above a static defence for his second goal in two Northern League appearances this season.
Much like the Chelsea’s fleet-footed Eden Hazard, Lee was drawing opponents into fouls on numerous occasions as the defence tried desperately to limit Allotment to just a two goal advantage.
It was late into the match when Lee got the better of Martin McManus for the last time. The left back hauled Lee down just outside the area and was put out of his misery by the referee who gave him a second yellow card finally relieving him of his unenviable task of keeping pace with the Allotment wide man.
Celtic now prepare for the FA Cup and its Preliminary Round as they face the daunting trip to Spennymoor this Saturday.