An injury-ravaged Celtic faced off against a team vying for a play-off spot in Warrington Town, and for much of the game looked like they may get something despite going down to an early goal.
An early effort from Sam McLintock earned a corner, but Kennan Quansahâ€™s header merely warmed Daniel Athertonâ€™s palms as he caught comfortably. A calamitous moment gave Warrington the edge that they needed, when Grant Shentonâ€™s punch saw him land on Quansah, the ball falling to Matty Grivosti for a shot from twenty-yards. Stephen Oâ€™Halloran almost got back to clear off the line, but could not keep the shot out. Shenton kept Celtic in the hunt with a fine save moments later, palming the ball away from goal. For the rest of the half, Celtic kept Warrington at bay, and Quansahâ€™s effort late on in the half required a last ditch leg from James Baillie to keep the visitorâ€™s slender lead.
Celtic started the half looking for an opening. Shane Killock came close with a glancing header from a corner, whilst McLintock and Oâ€™Halloran both went close without troubling Atherton in the Town nets. With quarter of an hour to go, with Celtic looking the more likely scorers, two goals in four minutes gave the game a largely underserved gloss for Warrington. Grivosti turned provider to pull the ball back from the by-line for Luke Duffy arriving for a tap-in. Four minutes later, they made the game safe when Grivostiâ€™s pace put him one-on-one with Shenton, steering the ball around the Celtic keeper and slotting home.
Celtic next travel to bottom club Grantham in what has become a must-win game.
|7||Buckley-Ricketts, Isaac||> 69|
|8||Williams, Sean||> 80|
|10||Hough, Ben||> 69|
|12||Duggan, Mitch||< 80|
|15||Duffy, Luke||< 69|
|17||Dixon, Bohan||< 69|