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Leaky Leak
By Debbie Taylor

Leek only have themselves to blame for the result in this hastily re-arranged fixture.

Admittedly, I was 15 minutes late, due to home game at Macclesfield Town, and Leek could have had 15 minutes of glorious one-touch football, incisive passing and forcing David Fish into half a dozen breath-taking saves. If this was the case, then at the exact moment I arrived, they gave up and played for a goal-less draw.

Perhaps it is Celtic's reputation as the only unbeaten League side from Carlsberg Premiership. to Unibond Premiership. A run that continues.

Leek effectively quashed the game in the first hour, and Celtic's temper's were frayed, with three bookings to Filson, Sullivan and Pickford, two for answering back, and Pickford's for a rash, stomping challenge. Even so, it was Celtic who had the better (only) chances, with Jones, Sullivan, McNeil and Filson all going agonisingly close. McNeil spooned over the bar from two feet, Filson headed the wrong side of the post, Sullivan and Jones were saved admirably by Stratham in the Leek goal.

It had to come, though, and a corner resulting from some sloppy defending, was swung in Scott. The ball bobbled in the area, as it had on a couple of occasions, but somehow, Steve Jones got enough of a shin-pad to it, to force it across the line. They all count.

Leek played a suicidal kick off, with it launched hopefully Celtic goal-bound. Fish quickly took the goal kick, Ward picked it up, crossed it into the box, Parr rose above two defenders to nod it in the back of the net. Leek did not try that again.

Fish had a quiet game. His only contribution being the odd kick from his penalty area, and two rushes to pluck the ball off the floor before a Leek Town player noticed it was there. About the only player for Leek who looked like he wanted to win the game was ex-Celt, Andy Mason. Leek had no final balls to trouble Fish with. Indeed, their best effort came on 80 minutes, with a lofted ball from the half way line that just scraped the top of the bar. Fish made a token leap to ensure no stray pigeon knocked it in - but it never looked as though Leek Town could get into the game.

Another notch in the Celtic cap, and Celtic go second in the table.

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