Celtic survived for another season of EvoStik football, by the narrowest of margins.
Going into the game, a win would see Celtic stay up, a draw or loss with a MIckleover win would see Celtic relegated.
It started well for Celtic, applying all the pressure on the Grantham goal, Neil Kengni being handed two glorious opportunities early on, through on the keeper, one-on-one a curled shot and it was a goal for the first, for the second a well-placed effort would have given Celtic an early start. Nerves were obviously telling with Kengni twice failing to make use of the opportunity. At the other end, Celtic ggot a massive let off when Chris Smalley's backpass was woefully short allowing Jordan Adebayo-Smith to steal in but a looming Paddy Wharton panicked the Grantham striker and he fired well wide of the mark. Glenn Rule headed a poor clearance narrowly past the post, whilst Andy Scott fired a free kick around the other post.
It was looking to be heading for a goalless half, with Mickleover losing, this was good news. The news got better when Andy Scott's corner was low to an unmarked Glenn Rule on the egde of the box. Grantham pushed out, but Scott had curled a run inn and Rule's ball to him was right in his path allowing him to strike a low, powerful shot that possibly took half a dozen small deflections but never changed course into the bottom corner.
Celtic had to hold out throughout the second half, and survival was theirs. News filtered through that Mickleover had equalised, meaning Celtic's slender lead was vital. Kengni went close, but not as close as Ross Dent who threw himself at a Kengni low cross but lifted the shot over the bar from a yard out. Had that gone in, news that Mickleover had taken the lead at Bamber Bridge wouldn't have been so concerning going into the final minutes. Any goals from Grantham could spell disaster for Celtic. Connor Bartle emphasised that when he broke through into the Celtic box, but fortunately fired over the bar. Going into the final minutes, Liam Tongue's header from a corner was too high and three minutes stoppages were announced, extended after an injury to Ross Dent.
But Grantham didn't equalise and Celtic breathed a collective sigh of relief amid their final whistle cheers. With both Celtic and Mickleover winning, eyes turned towards the other Celtic, Farsley, who were playing Marine. Farsley had won, promoting them, but at the same time condemning Marine to relegation.
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