Match Report -
Clean Sheet
By Iain Benson

Celtic never looked like losing against a largely toothless Trinity and were worthy two goal winners, with two cracking goals, either of which were match winners on their own.

Obi Anorou got the first shot on target after some good build up play, despite being man-marked by Dominic Roma. With Roma having his hands full, Sean McConville had a whale of a time, cutting inside and twice having good efforts, the first well saved, the second clipping Tom Ward with Phil Barnes well beaten. Celtic were creating chances at will, and only last ditch defending and Barnes kept the Celts at bay. Lewis Hatch was denied by Barnes, as was Anorou and McConville. Celtic kept coming, with even Prince Haywood far enough forward for a rare effort that he screwed wide. Tom Buckley’s header was over Barnes and looked destined for the top corner, but somehow Ward got back to head the ball off the line, meaning somehow Trinity made it to half time with the scores level.

Gainsborough started the second half like a rocket. Simon Russell trying his luck and sending the ball flying over Matt Urwin, only to see it crash back off the bar. Trinity were made to rue that missed opportunity, as McWilliams came flying down the line, cut in and set up Adam Pepper, who’d come on for the injured Tom Buckley. Time looked to stand still as everybody waited to see what Pepper would do. With a lurch, time restarted and Pepper chipped the ball past his marker and in at the near post with Barnes not quick enough to get there.

Gainsborough thought they had equalised when Mark Jones collided with Matt Urwin, but as the ball span up in the air, the referee blew for the foul long before it started its descent into the net.

Barnes was quick enough to deny McConville who lashed in a low skimming effort that Barnes did well to reach, but there was nothing Barnes could do when Joel Bembo-Leta (on for Obi Anorou) took the ball from Josh Wilde and brought it into the box. Barnes advanced to narrow the angle, Bembo-Leta spotted McConville coming in, and he made no mistake with a sweeping finish.

The home side through the kitchen sink at Celtic in the last fifteen minutes, but in the past couple of games, Celtic have looked Kitchen Sink proof. Trinity finished the game with several corners and aq couple of free kicks around the box, but there was no way they were getting through, and Celtic move up into the top ten in the table, full of confidence to face Bradford Park Avenue on Monday.

1Barnes, Phil  
2Roma, Dominic  
3Wilde, Josh  
4Williams, Jonathon  
5Ward, Tom  
6Young, Greg  
7Russell, Simon  
8Leary, Michael  > 57
9Barraclough, Bradley  
10Jones, Mark  
11Lacey, Josh  > 64
12Williams, Ryan  < 64
14Davis, Liam  < 57
15Stamp, Darryn  
16Park, Jake  
17Andrews, Greg  
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