Celtic were in charge from the off in this one. Although there were shades that Hinckley’s midfield were reasonably well organised, Hinckley’s goalkeeper (allegedly their SEVENTH of the season) and defence were certainly not in tune with each other, particularly for the second goal.
Although Mitchell Austin has been looking a bit out of sorts recently and could probably do with a rest, he took his goal very well as the defence tried several times to pass it out from the back alternating with a few longer balls – made a nice change to see different types of moves. From there it was virtually all Celtic with Cairns being the quietest player on the field.
Jack Laird, who worked hard all day, did have a bit to do when he received the ball midway inside the hosts’ half, before the goalkeeper and left back made a complete mess of defending. The finish, in the end, was probably one of the easiest he’ll ever have slotting it into the empty net.
Lewis Hatch came on for the injured Austin in the 59th Minute but was only on the field for a few minutes when he was in a 50/50 challenge with Raglan which resulted in both players having to leave the field, particularly a blow for Hinckley who had already used all of their subs. Corey Gregory came on for the unfortunate Hatch and was unlucky to see a good shot just go over. Greg Wilkinson who was industrious all day without being fantastic exchanged some good passes with both Jamie Mullan, probably Celtic’s man of the match, and with Kelvin Bleau down the right and Tom Buckley, who seems to be growing in both skill and confidence, played well down the left after Austin had had to retire.
It was down the right that the third goal was made with Mullan, who had the left back in his pocket most of the game beating him again to square a ball slowly in to the onrushing Bembo-Leta who had replaced Laird a few minutes earlier. Joel’s slightest of touches ensured that the ball was destined goalwards resulting in the deserved three goal victory and the inevitable double somersault celebration. There were a couple of minor chances after that but the whistle of the female referee, who had a pretty good game overall, signalled the three points and pleasingly the whole team applauding the Celtic faithful who may have made their last visit to this characterless enclave of Leicestershire, at least for a while.
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