The first half had one real chance, one real shot on target and one goal. Anthony Howell latching onto a loose ball at the back, and striking home with great power to give the visitors the lead. That was it.
The second half was more interesting. Anton Brown trying his luck from a fair way out with a comfortable catch for Dave Carnell, whilst Kyle MacFadzean?s effort off a free kick was incredibly wide with the goal at his mercy. Fifty five minutes into the game, Celtic registered their first shot, a forty yard looping effort from Warren Peyton, but for Celtic goalkeeper, Paddy Gamble, was still awake and collected. The introduction of Barrie Keeling and Andy Smart energised Celtic, though it was another quarter of an hour before they started making inroads into Alfreton?s back line. Peyton firing in, wide this time, and Connor Jennings hitting the side netting.
With two minutes to go, Celtic upped the tempo, and it looked like something might come of it. Matty Barlow was through on goal when McFadzean dragged him down and saw a second yellow card. Jody Banim?s free kick was charged down at the expense of a corner, which Barlow got his head on, and close range saw Gamble tip it over for a second corner. This was knocked out only just past his own post by Josh Law, and Gamble had to tip Banim?s in swinging corner over his own bar for a third corner. Alfreton could not get the ball clear and Celtic kept pumping it into the box and from a fifth and final corner, Keeling?s header was collected finally by Gamble, and Alfreton could take their time about running down the remaining seconds of stoppage time.
|9||Clayton, Paul||> 72|
|14||Wilson, Matty||< 72|