Match Report -
Finally!
By Debbie Taylor

After the recent match cancellations, the team looked eager to take on the unknown quantity of Bedworth United. This match had been postponed three times before the rain relented enough to allow the game to be played.

Celtic started the game with a will, taking it straight to Bedworth. But it took 8 minutes for Sullivan to break through their defence and go one on one with Jordan King in the Bedworth goals. His shot forced a blocking save from King, Steve Jones reacted quickest to the rebound to slot home.

Bedworth wasted their resulting kick-off, by knocking it for a throw in a third of the way into Celtic's half. A smooth passing flow involving about half of the team ended with a little chip by Scott over a defender that McNeil flicked on with his head, finding the short keeper a hand's width too short to claim Celtic's second.

The game got a little scrappy in the last half of the first half, with neither team able to break through midfield. However the last five minutes were dynamite by both sides. Jones found himself with space at the edge of the box, but his shot went narrowly the wrong side of the upright.

Bedworth to their credit did not crumble, and in the dying moments of the first half, Barber forced a fantastic, full stretch save from stand-in keeper David Fish. From the resulting corner, the ball could not be cleared from the Celtic box, though three players tried, and somehow Barber got a toe in, to squeeze it past the unlucky Fish.

The second half started with Bedworth taking the initiative. With only a goal in it, they were still in with a chance, and knew it. However, a Sullivan break, saw him beat the keeper, to see the ball come back off the post. Parr managed to stretch a leg to get the ball into the back of the net ten minutes into the half.

Bedworth still refused to roll over, forcing a couple of good saves from Fish.

Evans came onto replace McNeil, and his first task was to feed Sullivan who hit the ball sweetly past the despairing King to wrap the game up. His second task was to narrowly miss the target after some interchange on the left wing.

There was just time for one last Bedworth attempt at a consolation goal, but again Fish was on hand to keep the deficit high. Another fine performance from the boys in blue.

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