Celtic’s bid against the drop continues against Kidderminster Harriers
Tuesday 11th April 2017 @ 16:09 by Mark Phillip
Football News Sports

It was strongly suggested that Stalybridge Celtic’s chances of avoiding relegation were all but over on Saturday morning, but by 5pm the same day, things changed considerably.

In one of the most surprising results of the weekend, Celtic toppled league leaders AFC Fylde 2-1 at Bower Fold.

With three points and a renewed sense of optimism, is the great escape back on?

If so, Celtic will need to overcome another tough obstacle this evening – this time in the form of second place Kidderminster Harriers.

Steve Burr’s outfit are currently eight points adrift of safety, but with two games in hand on the teams immediately above them – starting tonight against Harriers – the idea of survival is just about plausible.

Nevertheless, Saturday’s result has reduced the gap between first and second place by six points, and a further three points for John Eustace’s side tonight will undoubtedly reignite hopes of snatching the title.

Ultimately, tonight’s clash, which is taking place at Bower Fold, has severe implications at both ends of the table.

And while both sides will enter the game in confident mood following victories at the weekend, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a nervy encounter.

If Celtic are to pick up the three points this evening, they’ll have to break down a rigid defence.

In fact, Kidderminster’s back line is the joint best in the division, having conceded just 37 goals in 37 games, while Celtic’s has conceded almost double that figure with 73 goals.

Stats aside, a victory for Celtic would bring them to within five points of safety, and with a clash at 10th place Gloucester City on Saturday – whose playoff hopes are all but over – the thought of survival would become a genuine possibility, rather than a fallacy.