A future pub quiz question may well be which team lost home and away league matches to the same team on the same ground in the same season without ground sharing after Shaw Lane rearranged their home match to Bower Fold in order to get the game played.
Shaw Lane certainly looked like the home team with George Sykes-Kenworthy called into action early on to snatch the ball off Damien Reeves’s feet when Spencer Harris put the former Altrincham top scorer through on goal. After Matty Wolfenden’s low drive was caught, Sykes-Kenworthy had to pull off an excellent one handed stop to deny Spencer Harris’s cross goal shot.
It was a defensive mistake that led to the goal, Ross Killock pulled up whilst trying to shepherd the ball back to Sykes-Kenworthy, allowing Ollie Dyson to race in, steal the ball, round Sykes-Kenworthy and slot in from a narrow angle. Killock was substituted putting extra strain on the frail Celtic back line.
Even so, Oli Roberts had a chance to equalise from a free kick, his shot clearing the bar by inches, whilst Brice Pouamoun was closer still, heading Alex Honeyball’s cross over the bar from a yard out.
The second half needed an early goal from Celtic, but a Jake Picton free kick swung to the back post was bundled over the line by Reeves, giving Shaw Lane the cushion they needed to ride the remaining time out in relative comfort.
They could have had three when Dyson’s header from a corner routine hit the woodwork, but for the rest of the half were content to hold Celtic at bay. Connor Hughes had one chance from a free kick, but his edge of the box curling effort cleared the bar and right at the death, Ed Wilczynski was finally called into action to make a top drawer save to deny Jake Charles’s instinctive volley from six yards.
|10||Reeves, Damien||> 79|
|11||Dyson, Ollie||> 90|
|12||Chilaka, Chib||< 79|
|14||Williams, Tyler||< 90|