When every mistake is punished you have to cut out the mistakes, when you cannot get luck, you have to make your own. Neither happened today, and Celtic again succumbed to simple, preventable goals without providing anything up front.
The score-line would suggest Celtic were massively outplayed, but apart from the goals, there was nothing between the teams. Celtic opened the chances with Dickinson flicking Danny Morton’s inch perfect cross wide of the mark, Luke Ashworth headed a corner over and Dickinson’s wicked angled drive took a deflection that took all the sting out of it. A handball from Steve Towers should have been a penalty, but Celtic got a corner instead.
Jermaine Hollis tested stand-in keeper Jack Walton but the young loan keeper was up to it. There was nothing he could do after Morton slid in and missed Blair Anderson, who went on to pull back the ball along the line to Daniel Creaney who had the simplest of tap ins. Celtic collapsed a little, allowing Coalville to pressure more. Blair Anderson almost capitalised, but Walton scrambled across to push the ball out for a corner.
At the other end, Celtic got a free kick just outside the box, a position that they’ve been successful in recently, and although Oli Roberts executed a sublime free kick, it was into the side netting.
The second half saw Celtic continue to get nothing from what they created. Theo Bailey-Jones tried, but Matt Coton got down to push the shot round the post for a corner that Alex Honeyball headed the free header over the bar, and Aidan Chippendale cut inside and fired wide.
To show Honeyball how to convert a free header, Coalville got a corner and Daniel Creaney nodded the ball unhindered into the back of the net. Moments after Bailey-Jones had shot wide, Coalville added a third with what has to be classed as a really good goal. A pull back from the edge of the box to Nat Watson and the Coalville striker put in a curling dipping volley that sailed into the top corner.
Watson added his second and Coalville’s fourth, when a good tackle in the box from Luke Ashworth saw the ball spin to Watson who drilled the ball into the back of the net.
Celtic were beaten, and although Greg Wilkinson had a chance and Jake Charles finally got a shot off from a very narrow angle that still required a great save from Coton, it was Coalville that came closer to adding a fifth, when Creaney’s shot hit the crossbar.
Although there’s still thirty plus games left, Celtic’s position is looking very precarious. Anything but a win on Tuesday against Halesowen who are the only other team on single figures will mean serious questions need to be asked.
|7||McGlinchy, Tom||> 70|
|10||Watson, Nat||> 70|
|11||Anderson, Blair||> 73|
|12||McDonald, Massiah||< 70|
|14||Mellors-Blair, Will||< 70|
|15||Bassett, Ollie||< 73|