John Eustace hailed his Kidderminster Harriers’ character after they held off a fight-back from Stalybridge to secure a 2-1 win with ten men.
The home side were totally cruising at the break, 2-0 up thanks to goals from Mani Dieseruvwe and Tyrone Williams.
But the second period could barely have produced greater contrast, Harriers reduced to ten men when Ashley Carter was sent off, while Celtic pulled a goal back to set up a frantic finish.
In the end it was a hard-earned third win of the season and a first at Aggborough, leaving the gaffer satisfied at the final whistle.
He said: “The lads were magnificent in the second half and showed great character.
“I’m delighted with the win.
“We started the second half slowly and losing Carts was disappointing; but in the last 25 minutes the character of the team was fantastic.
“It is very tough to get two halves the same; we were dominant in the first half and I was disappointed not to get more goals.
“But in the second half Stalybridge did really well and played some good stuff, but I was just really pleased with the way we defended.”