Match Report -
Still at the top, just
By Keith Trugeon

Celtic ground out a disappointing result at basement battlers Gainsborough on Tuesday evening but still went back to the top of the table, be it only on goal difference.

The performance was a complete contrast to the style and finesse which put them at the top in the first place, but having said that the Blues had to overcome the loss of in-form striker Matty McNeil to injury and Dominic Crookes to a stomach bug to match a physical but unremarkable Trinity.

Celtic's defence responded well and limited the home side to just two serious chances. Andy Scott, drafted in as a makeshift centre half, headed off the line from John Reed, and Gary Ingham marked his return to his old stamping ground with a flying save from Brian Linighan's header.

Celtic however, could easily have wrapped up the points in a ten minute second half spell. Nigel Evans forced a superb save from Steve Curry, Steve Jones saw his header crash off the bar and Evans again ballooned the best chance of the game over the bar with keeper Curry nowhere.

It was ultimately a below par performance from Bridge but it is now eleven games since they were last beaten. The defence is stronger than last term, the forward line seems more deadly too and they really do look like a side capable of challenging for the title. This may seem a little premature but we all know the potential of this team and it's about time they start to realise it themselves.

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