Match Report -
Celtic win the only match to survive the weather
By Iain Benson

Celtic came from behind to notch their first win since Harrogate and were well worth the three points on a pitch that had survive the day's deluge remarkably well and was testament to the Trinity groundstaff.

High flying Gainsborough, sat in fourth place in the league, were favourites, and started that way, hitting Celtic on the hostís first corner of the match. A perfect cross into the box was nodded home by Greg Young, ghosting into space and thumping a powerful header past Alex Cairns just four minutes into the game. Minutes later and it could have been two when Craig Thorpe repeated the trick from a second corner, but Alex Cairns wasnít to be beaten twice in the opening ten minutes, palming away Thorpeís thumping header.

Only a goal behind, Celtic got their act together, and took control of the game, dominating possession, sometimes guilty of passing themselves off the pitch, never mind the opposition. Despite the possession there was no real end product, and it was Trinity who looked the more dangerous around the box, with Jonathan DíLaryea and Dominic Knowles both testing Cairns, who responded well with good saves. Celticís only real chance came just before the interval, with a Greg Wilkinson drive caught at the second attempt by former Celtic number one, Jan Budtz.

The second half saw Celtic continue to dominate the midfield battle, but looking more attacking to boot, with Greg Wilkinson firing narrowly wide, before some super passing work saw Corey Gregory put Mitchell Austin through with a great ball, and Austin fired past Budtz to equalise the scores. Budtz was then required to keep out both Jack Laird from an angle after more intricate passing, and Wilkinsonís goal-bound effort, which was almost spilled at the feet of Austin.

Celtic kept pressing, despite the dangerous Terry Hawkridge hitting the frame of the goal when it looked easier to score, and both Darryn Stamp and Michael Leary massively letting Celtic off with glaring misses that were fired over the bar from close range.

The Celtic passing game reached new heights for Celticís second goal that saw Wilkinson trade passes with Kelvin Bleau to put the full back through one-on-one with Budtz and he made no mistake shooting through the legs of the advancing Trinity keeper. With 15 minutes to go, Trinity pushed and probed and forced Celtic further and further back towards their own goal line, but the defensive line held firm, Hawkridge cutting in and firing into Cairnís arms, and Josh Wilde getting forward and past the back line only to shoot wide.

Celtic continued to defend like stalwarts, and ran the clock down to record a well-deserved victory.

1Budtz, Jan  
2Roma, Dominic  
3Wilde, Josh  
4Young, Greg  > 89
5Hone, Danny  
6Leary, Michael  
7Dlaryea, Jonathan  
8Thorpe, Craig  
9Knowles, Dominic  
10Stamp, Darryn  > 69
11Yates, Jamie  > 55
12Barraclough, Bradley  < 69
14Wilson, Mark  
15Williams, Jonathan  < 89
16Hawkridge, Terry  < 55
17Karkach, Lynton  
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