Trawden Celtic go top of Premier Division

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Trawden Celtic 4, Rolls FC 2

With Pendle Council deeming all their pitches unfit for the weekend as early as Friday afternoon, this fixture was transferred to Rolls, and Celtic ran out deserved winners and went top of the Mastab’s Restaurant Craven and District League Premier Division following a very close, competitive match.

Celtic started the brighter of the two teams and got their noses in front on the half hour when a through ball from Swindells was drilled home from the edge of the box by Gorman.

Just before half-time, however, Rolls equalised on the break through Garbutt, Celtic losing concentration while complaining about unsuccessful penalty appeals at the other end.

Drawing level gave Rolls a boost, and they started the second half well, dominating play and going in front after 55 minutes, again through Garbutt.

Midway through the half however, a double substitution from Celtic brought instant results.

From a free kick 60 yards out, goalkeeper Cross picked out Gorman in the Rolls area, and his volleyed cross across the face of goal was tapped home by Waring with his first touch of the match.

Celtic now began to dominate play, and, following a good move down the left, a great cross from man of the match Adam Pearson was lashed into the roof of the net by Swindells to put them back in front.

Rolls upped their game again and pushed for an equaliser, but Celtic bagged all three points when, with two minutes left, good closing down by Haigh forced the fullback to pass back to his goalkeeper, only for his rushed clearance to be charged down by Swindells and rolled home.

Tomorrow Celtic entertain Wilsden Athletic in a league game at Trawden Recreation Ground, kick-off 2 p.m.

Also tomorrow, in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy, AFC Colne make the trip to Cross Hills, while Rolls FC are again at home, against Cowling, both games kicking-off at 1-30 p.m.