Match Report -
Two points dropped
By Six Yard Sam
The big news ahead of the game was the change of custodian for Celtic. Long term keeper, Paul Pettinger, had been placed on the transfer list, and his replacement, Simon Bishop from Spennymoor Town took his place.

Neither side really tested the keepers in the first half. The first attempt on goal was a Lee Ellington shot that lacked the pace to trouble Wyatt in the Worcester nets. Worcester?s only on-target effort of the half was from Craig Wilding who had been put through by Cornes, prodding the ball into Bishop?s arms from close range. Celtic should have opened the coring though when Ellington put Paul Sykes through, one-on-one, only for Sykes to dawdle to long and give the Worcester defence time to get back.

The second half saw both sides have more purpose. Wyatt was tested from a pair of Dominic Krief free kicks that he caught comfortably, and Bishop produced a fine save from an Adam Webster header. It was Celtic who took the lead half way through the half, as Mark Hume went through into the box, Danny Hodnett slid through connecting with Hume before the ball, bringing the big man crashing down. Lee Ellington stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot kick.

The Celtic defence had to be on top form as Worcester went looking for an equaliser, pressing Celtic deeper and deeper. A long range effort from Adam Burley had Bishop stretching, but not beaten. Celtic did well from the resulting corner, getting it clear.

From somewhere, the referee found six minutes of stoppage time, but Worcester only needed the first three of them for Justin Thompson to have a shot from the edge of the box. Bishop could only parry it, and Craig Wilding was on hand to prod in the loose ball.

Celtic would have taken a draw before the match, but after a turgid affair, with Worcester for the taking, two more points have been dropped with a late, late goal.

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