Hinckley took the game to Celtic from the off, much as they had in the league game a few weeks back, with Owen Story rampaging in from the right to go one-on-one with Paul Pettinger, he almost rounded the Celtic keeper but he was off balance and Pettinger knocked the ball off Story for a goal kick. It was a scrappy game, but Neil Prince was proving a good outlet, especially so when he dashed down the left, interchanged with Steve Brodie and Lee Ellington, before cutting inside to go one-on-one with Sean Bowles in the home nets and finished it off with a good shot that Bowles had no chance with.
Moments later, Prince was gifted a second when Jamie Lenton slipped just outside the area and was unable to make it to Brodie's through ball, allowing Prince to take the loose ball in his stride and mirror his first shot with a second under the despairing Bowles.
Celtic continued to harry the home side, but couldn't break through to make any more chances until just before half time, when Prince was again freed by Brodie, but this time Bowles got a hand to the ball.
As with the previous two games with the midlands outfit, the second half saw consistent pressure from the home side as they pressed Celtic back towards their own box, closing down everything in midfield and keeping Celtic on the back foot. It took two excellent saves from Paul Pettinger to keep Hinckley at bay as they threw everything at the visitors before a poor clearance fell to Jamie Lenton all of thirty yards from goal who made amends for his earlier slip with a swerving half-volley that left Pettinger grasping air as it smacked into the top corner.
Pettinger continued to be in fine form though, and as the game sneaked into the last five minutes he had to be on his toes for another pair of shots. When he was beaten, Keeling was on hand to clear off the line, and such was the quantity of Hinckley players in the box, Mike Byron's late shot was blocked by Carl Heggs, before Pettinger put Celtic through into the next round with a fine save right at the death off Sean Bowles who had come up for the last second corner.