Match Report -
Celtic drop out of the play-off race
By Deborah Taylor

Celtic’s longshot hope of reaching the playoffs evaporated as they succumbed to a single goal at home to Chasetown.

The visitors shaded the chances in the match, Luke Hewitson twice putting his body on the line to keep the scores level at halftime, but in the opening five minutes, it was Max Leonard on the line, denying Lucas Yates. Both Danny Glover and Darius Osei had chances, but neither could find that touch needed to steer the ball inside the post. From an in-swinging free kick, Jack Langston connected inside the six-yard box for Chasetown, steering the ball towards the goal at pace, only for Hewitson to block in what should have been a goal for the visitors.

Throughout the second half, Chasetown looked the more likely to score. Never more so than when Danny Glover raced one-on-one with Hewitson, but the Celtic number one blocked with his legs. The Celtic keeper denied Ryan Shaw with an instinctive block from inches out. Midway through the half, a cataclysmic mix-up in the Celtic defence allowed Jack Langston through. Though Hewitson denied his first attempt, the second lofted over the stranded keeper. Max Leonard raced back, but ended up tangled in the net, attempting to keep the ball out.

For the last ten minutes, it was all Celtic. Cole Lonsdale’s well worked corner routine saw him curl an effort from outside the box, clipping the crossbar, and though Chasetown defended well, if either Osei or Matty Bryan had converted their two excellent chances, a draw would have been the result, as it was Chasetown leapfrog Celtic dropping us to twelfth with two games to go.

1Wren, James  
2Hayward, Oliver  
3Evans, JordanYellow Card 
4Taylor, Kris  
5Unwin, Thomas  
6Wilding, Sam  
7Shaw, Ryan  
8Langston, Jack  > 81
9Glover, Danny  
10Yates, Lucas  
11Chimenes, Maxwell  > 85
12McGinnell, Joseph  
14Dunne, Joseph  
15OCallaghan, Danny  < 81
16Lycett, Carter  < 85
17Campbell, Jayden