Match Report -
The Cruel Side Of Football
By Debbie Taylor

It was a bitter cruel blow that saw Tamworth snatch a point at the very bitter death after a wonder goal from Bohan Dixon had given Celtic a first half lead.

Celtic were worth the entrance fee in the first half, playing some scintillating football that had the hosts grappling and grasping both air and arms to compete. Adam Farrell started the proceedings, stretching for a ball and diverting it, but James Belshaw got down well, whilst Steve Tames, Matty Hughes both went close getting onto set pieces, whilst Farrell went close with a free kick. Bohan Dixon fired a warning shot after a great move spread the Tamworth defence, before, right before half time, Steve Tames pulled the ball back to Dixon, twenty-five yards out, who unleashed a dipping volley that flew over Belshaw at into the top corner.

Celtic continued to dominate proceedings, looking dangerous from set pieces, whilst looking secure defending their own. The elusive second goal wouldn’t come. Aidan Chippendale twice went close after Matty Hughes had headed a Farrell corner past the post. When Celtic did get it in the back of the net, a pull back to Alex Johnson who rifled into the bottom corner, only for the goal to be chalked off.

As the game went into the last quarter of an hour, Tamworth proved their credentials, pressing Celtic more and more. Paul Green tested Tony McMillan, but he was up to it, making a decent stop, whilst Danny Newton should have done better. McMillan was beaten all ends up when, deep into stoppage time, Ross Dyer fired in a cracking effort that smacked against the inside of the post, flew across the face of goal and away.

Seven minutes had been added and played when Luke Hubbins fired in a corner to the near post. Ross Dyer lost his marker and flicked a header past Tony McMillan.

There was barely time for the kick off.

This was a very good performance from Celtic, and it deserved three points.

1Belshaw, James   
2Burns, Andy  
3Strong, Curtis  
4Taylor, Connor  > 59
5Tomassen, StephenYellow Card 
6Preston, DanYellow Card 
7Durell, Eliott  > 59
8Clarke, Shane  
9Dyer, Ross  
10Green, PaulYellow Card 
11Newton, Danny  > 74
12Warlow, Owain  
14Davies, Jed  
15Hubbins, Luke  < 59
16Morrell, Andy  < 74
17Smith, Lee  < 59
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