Match Report -
Emley got what they came for
By Keith Trudgeon

Liam Robinson, signed in midweek from Northwich, was given a place in the starting line-up but failed to inspire Celtic to a win in this largely event-free match.

It is not too often we see a game involving Celtic end goal-less (the last one at Bower Fold was way back in March 1997 against Welling in our Conference days) and it is not something we want to see more of either.

It is very difficult to write anything of significance about this match. I was greeted at the game by news that Martin Filson was leaving the club due to work commitments and also that we had signed a new centre forward from Northwich - Robinson.

The only good thing to come out of this match from Celtic's point of view was the return to fitness of Matty Williamson who had a commanding performance at the heart of the defence.

The match promised much but failed to deliver. Emley looked a big, strong side and it was always going to be a physical match - but that was about it. Celtic started the match with the sun in their eyes, it obviously wasn't helping much with possession being conceded far too often.

Emley seemed to have a bit more purpose to their play. Celtic's strategy was largely route one with balls being constantly played over the top in the hope that one would find Winfield Steele in space - but 'Bridge's leading scorer remained fairly anonymous throughout the game.

Celtic enjoyed most of the possession in the second half with Tony Sullivan, playing down the right flank, looking the most dangerous. But once they got into the final third they found themselves short of ideas and Emley dealt with the threat easily, though the Emley keeper had to applauded for a fantastic save five minutes from time.

The match ended in a draw and was certainly one that won't be remembered. Celtic must now be kicking themselves after only picking up one point from their last two home games - a full six points would have put them in fourth place and in a brilliant position especially with the games they have still got in hand. But, as it is, we lie only in ninth, although things aren't looking too bad overall.

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