Match Report -
Warrington Town
By Keith Trudgeon

Celtic progressed to the semi-final of the Senior Cup and set up yet another clash with their old rivals from Altrincham. They made hard work of this win but eventually came through comfortably thanks to Andy Mason's second goal in as many games.

With Saturday's game against Chester uppermost in everyone's mind, manager Phil Wilson took this opportunity to rest the key players, with Johnston, Ward, Bauress and Steele being relegated from the starting line-up.

Marginson, playing in midfield, opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Steve Pickford's cross fell to the ex-Ashton man on the edge of the area and his shot went across the face of the goal and in off the far post to give everyone hope of a Celtic rout. Not to be.

The rest of the half was hardly worth talking about. Warrington were spirited, but the Celts were a cut above in class and dealt easily with anything Warrington threw at them.

Keeper Gary Ingham was a virtual spectator, his biggest problem was making sure he stayed alert.

The second half was slightly more physical and Pickford was withdrawn after being booked for retaliation.

The game was ended as a contest when, three minutes from time, the lively Stanhope sent Andy Mason clear on goal to side-foot home from 12 yards. Celtic went through without ever really getting out of second gear.

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