Match Report -
Gift wrapped goals
By Iain Benson
Celtic gifted Corby an early goal and were always up against it from that point on.

A simple back post header by Phil Gulliver from a corner was all it took to get Corby off and running on their third straight win, although Celtic did managed to notch one in Corby's goals against column. A Keith Briggs effort from distance warmed the palms of Mark Osborn, with Matty Barlow going wide twice, before Celtic did better from a corner, Paul Phillips saving from Gulliver's header again at the back post from a corner.

Celtic went into the interval a goal down, and Brett Solkhon was brought on, and immediately posed a threat, getting onto a through ball from Paul Mayo and forcing Phillips into a smart stop, but Solkhon was alert to the rebound, and fired home.

Barlow's legs were not long enough to divert Hankin's ball into the back of the net, sending it just wide, and Briggs had a decent thirty yard effort sail past the upright, whilst at the other end, Solkhon nearly added to his tally one-on-one with Phillips, the Celtic keeper coming out on top. Keeling thundered a header from a corner the wrong side of the post, as did Barlow, before Joe O'Neill pulled one back for the home side, a long throw undoing the Corby defence with a flick on to O'Neill who nodded home from close range.

After a stinging free kick from Andy Smart was well saved at the second attempt by Osborne, Corby restored their two goal cushion with another gift of a goal. Richard Battersby was clattered by Mayo, and somehow conceded a foul, whilst the Celtic defender received treatment, the ball was floated into the box, with Celtic static, it was lofted from one post to the other by Solkhon for Jack Defty to smash home.

Graeme Law came on and with almost his first touch kept in an almost certain goal kick and put a low cross for O'Neil, whose rocket of a shot smashed into Chris Hope, spinning out for a corner, ending any chance of a Celtic comeback.

1Osborn, Mark  
2West, Dean  
3Jaszczun, Antony  
4Gulliver, Phil  
5Hope, Chris  
6Strachan, Gavin  
7Turner, John  > 45
8Tower, Steve  
9Stallard, Mark  > 78
10Mettam, Leon  > 60
11Mayo, Paul  
12Watt, Phillip  
14Deeney, Dave  
15Solkhon, Brett  < 45
16Diggin, Stephen  < 60
17Defty, Jack  < 78
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