The opening twenty minutes were frenetic, Celtic creating a couple of chances, but neither worried former Celtic custodian Tony McMillan, smothering Neil Kengni’s low-powered effort and easily catching Dougie Nyaupembe’s thirty-yard hopeful lob. At the other end, Celtic had a massive let off when Jack Macreth got the better of Nyaupembe to go one-on-one with Paddy Wharton, the Celtic keeper making himself big with Macreth rolling the ball just wide of the far post. Warrington had a massive let off when they couldn’t scrabble clear Nyaupembe’s dipping cross to the back post, Josh Solomon-Davies somehow slicing the ball wide at the far post.
Celtic shot themselves in the foot after Glenn Rule’s untidy challenge on Tony Gray just outside the box gave the visitors their second chance. Tony Grey’s curling free kick zipped past the wall, and nestled in the top corner with Wharton grasping air.
The second half saw the pace lowered, but Warrington made it safe when Gray’s looping cross to the back post again wrong footed Nyaupembe letting Macreth have a second stab at beating Wharton with a rolled ball past the spread-eagled keeper, this time squeezing in at the far post.
Celtic upped the pressure in the final ten minutes, looking for a way back into the match, Neil Kengni taking advantage of a sloppy clearance off a corner from Mark Roberts that sat up nicely as he struck his shot back through the crowd into the back of the net.
Warrington didn’t panic, even when Scott Bakkor’s whipped in cross was met by a looping header from Matty Wolfenden dropping over McMillan and almost, but not quite, going under the bar. Whilst at the other end, Dylan Vassallo twisted around Liam Tongue to fire off a low shot, Wharton again spread-eagled, this time getting a foot on the ball to keep the scoreline as fine a margin as the difference between the two teams.
Celtic now go to Hyde knowing that anything other than a win would leave us in a world of trouble, especially if Mickleover can beat Basford. As long as Celtic get more points than both Mickleover and Bamber Bridge on Monday, Celtic can go into the final day knowing that the result doesn’t matter with Mickleover and Bamber Bridge playing each other.
|3||Hughes, Adam||> 63|
|7||Mackreth, Jack||> 83|
|11||Dunn, Jack||> 67|
|12||Benjamin, Russell||< 83|
|14||Cusani, Marcus||< 67|
|16||McCarthy, Connor||< 63|