The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Keith Trud­geon

A SOLI­TARY sec­ond half strike by Scott Bakkor was enough to set­tle a tight game and give Celtic their first home league win since Septem­ber 29th.

In a game where chances were at a premium through­out the goal was per­haps in­dica­tive of the game as a whole with Bakkor in­ad­ver­tently bundling a cross from debu­tant Michael Howard back across keeper Mate Deczki and into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The first half was largely de­void of goal mouth ac­tion, with Deckzi only called into ac­tion to col­lect Dan Cock­er­line’s weak ef­fort and watch Andy Scott’s drilled ef­fort fizz just wide of his post.

At the other end all Paddy Whar­ton had to do was race from his line to block a Matt Dodd ef­fort.

The sec­ond half was a lit­tle more lively with Town’s Dodd and Jed Davies both test­ing Whar­ton from dis­tance and Cock­er­line watch­ing his ef­fort from a nar­row an­gle creep across the Hednesford goal line and out to safety beyond the far post.

As Stalybridge dropped deeper in an ef­fort to pro­tect their lead the vis­i­tors en­joyed plenty of pos­ses­sion but were un­able to pen­e­trate a res­o­lute and or­gan­ised Celtic rear­guard who en­sured their first home win in seven at­tempts.

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