Match Report -
Celtic hand Droylsden the title with another clean sheet
By Iain Benson
Celtic kept their second clean sheet in a row and ended Kettering?s hopes of a champion spot in what was an even game. Had Celtic got results like this all season, it could have meant a play off spot, but instead it meant that Celtic are now safe from relegation instead.

Black won an early corner forcing Graham into the clearance. The corner was whipped in by Brodie, the corner half cleared to Black who struck his shot well enough by Solkhon deflected the ball high into the air and the Kettering keeper, Osborne claimed in a crowd. Kettering answered after Winn fouled Westcarr just outside the box, Westcarr took the free kick himself, forcing Bishop to punch over his bar. Hall?s cross in minutes later was headed out of the way of Caskey?s diving header at the expense of another corner. Both sides were defending well, though Parr?s flicked header caused confusion in the Kettering box, eventually Solkhon blocking Barlow?s low struck shot at the expense of a corner.

Westcarr came closest in the first half to opening the scoring when he evaded Black and Lever, but he put his shot into the side netting.

The second half started just as even, and Parr?s shot at the start of the half was clearly handled by Peprah at the edge of the six yard box, but despite the protestations, nothing was given, and Osborne scooped the ball up. Sykes then latched onto a poor clearance, Solkhon closed him down quickly and forced Sykes to shoot wide. The first real save of the day came when Winn found Brodie at the edge of the box, Brodie struck a sweet volley but somehow Osborne dived to his right and punched the ball clear with an excellent save.

When Westcarr broke from a corner, Barlow dragged him down on the half way line, knowing he would be booked for it. Had Westcarr left it there, then nothing more would have happened, but he aimed a kick at the Celtic player, and when Barlow got up to confront him, Westcarr levelled Barlow with raised arms. After the melee had died down, Barlow got the yellow his foul deserved, and Westcarr got the red his antics also deserved. The referee waved cards at a couple of other players who had got involved, but with half an hour to go, Kettering had to play with ten men.

Kettering continued to play as though they had eleven, and Black fouled Bouchard just outside the box, the free kick was put out for a corner, which was put out for a throw. Bouchard lobbed the ball into the box, which turned into a shot as it thumped off the crossbar.

Bishop was forced into a great save with ten minutes remaining when Bouchard wriggled free of Black and rounded Haran to strike a low shot, but Bishop was up to it.

Hume was brought on for Winn to strengthen the team in the final throws, and he set up Brodie with an excellent nod down at the edge of the box, and Perpetuini blocked Brodie?s shot on the line. Hume was then brought down ten yards outside the box, Kay took the free kick straight down the middle with lots of power, but it was straight at Osborne.

Howe showed his goal scoring credentials as he danced past Black, Lever and Haran to get one-on-one with Bishop but there was another great blocking save from Bishop to keep the scores down. Kettering couldn?t convert the corner, and Celtic had kept their second clean sheet in a row, in the process handing Droylsden the title.

The result means that Celtic are now safe, and they can go to Gainsborough with all of the pressure off.

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