Match Report -
The drought is over
By Keith Trudgeon

Celtic recorded their first win for just over a month and at the same time scored their first goal at home for 499 minutes. But the game was somewhat overshadowed by a second half incident which had no place on any football ground - let alone one of the friendliest in the Unibond league.

It has left a player's career potentially in tatters, a spectator (who cannot be called a fan) banned for life from Bower Fold, and Celtic looking at a serious F.A. charge.

The incident happened in the 70th minute when Guiseley's leading scorer Simon Parke clashed with the spectator after allegedly suffering racist abuse. After consultation with the linesman, referee Mr Sutton brandished the red card at Parke for 'attempting to strike a spectator'. Guiseley were understandably furious and in fact both sides refused to play on until the spectator was dealt with. Acting chairman Peter Dennerly plus a couple of stewards escorted the person from Bower Fold immediately.

As for the football, Celtic turned in an excellent first half performance and deservedly took a two-goal lead through Tony Sullivan and a Steve Jones bullet header. However, their good work was undone right on the stroke of half-time when Parke rose to head his 28th of the season.

Guiseley were reduced to ten men when last man Benn Gallagher hauled Tony Sullivan down in the 62nd minute and were down to nine when the altercation occurred eight minutes later.

Celtic should have taken full advantage of their extra two men but instead it seemed to unnerve them and it was Guiseley who had the better possession for the rest of the match, although Sullivan did glance a header onto the post just before time.

However, Celtic got back to winning ways and there is now hope for a run of good results for the remainder of the season.

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