Match Report -
Hednesford fight back and Celtic drop the points
By By Eerier Milk
Celtic escaped up the M6 on Bank Holiday Monday having earned a point in a game against a determined Hednesford side, yet will probably rue the missed chance that prevented them taking all three.

Showing only one change from the team which beat Worksop on Saturday, Steve Smith in for Scott Murcott, it was the Celts who opened the game in determined fashion.

The goal when it came was a beauty. Lee Ellington putting a peach of a cross into the path of Paul Sykes, clearly revelling in a forward role, who headed home with aplomb for his second goal in two games.

Celtic 1-0 up at the break and coasting.

Complacency, or just the fact that Town didn?t give in was to turn the second half into a microcosm of the first. The only saving grace for the travelling faithful being that the homesters were offering little or no threat in the final third of the pitch.

However, buoyed on by the increasing vocal home support, Hednesford eventually gained a equaliser. A blitzkrieg attack forcing Paul Pettinger to block a shot into the onrushing path of Paul McMahon, who made no mistake.

1-1. Finishing the stronger of the two sides, Town continued to pile pressure on the Celtic rearguard who can perhaps be accused of dwelling to much on their early advantage.

It could have been oh so much different had James Turley?s pinpoint cross, which met the onrushing head of Lee Ellington gone in. The ball was goal bound all the way but the timely intervention of the crossbar was the only thing that prevented the Celt?s claiming the three points.

In truth, Celtic dropped two points against a side who you would expect to be nearer the bottom than the top of the table come the season?s end. Doubtless, we?ll see a Celtic side in the next game who should and will gain the three points.

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