STEVE Halford and Paul Phillips had an instant impact at STALYBRIDGE as the former Ashton United joint-managers led struggling Celtic to victory in their first game in charge on Tuesday night.
Gainsborough Trinity were the visitors at Bower Fold and Celtic went into the game on the back of a seven-match losing streak after getting beat 4-0 at home by Nuneaton on Saturday.
But Celtic looked sharper from the outset and although they fell behind, Aidan Chippendale marked his first start of the season with a 38th-minute equaliser. Trinity then had Jake Scott sent off early in the second half before new signing Danny Wilkins was fouled in the box on the hour mark, with Andy Owens converting the penalty.
James Reid drew the visitors level four minutes later and Tony McMillan twice prevented them going in front before Wilkins was fouled for another spot-kick four minutes into stoppage time. Owens stepped up and held his nerve to secure a 3-2 win, which lifted Celtic off the bottom of the National League North.
SALFORD CITY were rejoined at the top of the table by AFC Fylde and Harrogate Town after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to FC Halifax.
The visitors led at the break, only for ex-Town midfielder Sam Walker to level with a 54th-minute penalty. Halifax then had Danny Hone sent off for a second yellow and Salford took a 73rd-minute lead as Kevin Roberts sent an attempted clearance into his own net. But Roberts made amends by volleying home in stoppage time.
Fylde won 4-1 at home to CURZON ASHTON thanks to a hat-trick from former Stockport County striker Danny Rowe and although Luke Ashworth gave FC UNITED an early lead at Harrogate, the hosts fought back to win 3-1.
New ALTRINCHAM boss Jim Harvey watched from the stands as the Robins ended their five-match losing streak with a 2-2 draw at home to Chorley.
Damian Reeves gave Alty an early lead, before Jason Walker and Marcus Carver replied, but Sean Miller brought the hosts level before the break.
New signing Danny Hall, Emile Sinclair and Miller went off injured for the Robins, who were relieved to claim a point as Chorley sub Sefton Gonzales hit the woodwork in stoppage time.
STOCKPORT COUNTY are set to visit Darlington in Wednesday night’s only National League game.