Celtic scored early against a Grantham side devoid of ideas, and although the final score line was close, the three points never looked in any danger.
An early corner caused panic in the box for the home defence, Chris Smalley’s header down knocked toward their own goal, before a stuck-out leg from Chris Salt hacked at the ball, slicing it onto his own crossbar, the ball bouncing down and out as far as Ross Dent, who headed back towards goal, Andrew Scott getting a vital touch to prod the ball past floundering Jordan Wright to open the scoring.
Celtic almost added to it immediately, when Matty Wolfenden’s cross was headed away from Scott Bakkor, whilst Scott was looking for his second, but lacked the power to beat Wright. Liam Tongue was given acres of space to shoot, but his powerful shot was straight down Wright’s throat, and Wright showed good reflexes when Bakkor beat his man to get in on goal, although a ball across the face to Kengni, Scott or Wolfenden queuing up, was perhaps the better choice.
The second half continued in the same vein, Wilkinson’s twenty-yard effort was a good idea poorly executed, with Wright making a comfortable stop. The stop from Liam Tongue’s twenty-five yard effort, from a half-cleared corner, was more impressive, with Wright tipping the ball around the post at full stretch. Ross Dent came close from the corner, heading just over the bar. However, with Celtic’s advantage still only a goal, any chance that Grantham could get would be important. They did get a chance with quarter of an hour to go when they won a corner, but although Shaun Harrad’s header was on target, Jake Turner was well placed to smother the ball. Turner also had to be alert to smother the ball at Kuwesi Ofushine’s feet with Smalley shepherding the ball back into the box.
The last chance of the match fell to Liam Tongue and his scorching free kicks, ten yards outside the box he curled it around the wall, over Wright, but alas, also over the bar. Celtic closed the game out completely after this, keeping the ball in Grantham’s half, using the corners to run the clock down, rather than go for a risky second in case like last Saturday, the home side broke and got an unjustified goal. The win ensured, Celtic now look forward to the Boxing Day Derby with Hyde at Bower Fold.
|6||Salt, Chris||> 59|
|8||Thompson, Ryley||> 66|
|10||Siddons, Tom||> 83|
|12||Ofushine, Kuwesi||< 66|
|14||Ward, Tom||< 59|
|16||Nassunculo, Tiago||< 83|