Match Report -
Guiseley survive Celtic pressure
By Iain Benson
Celtic were worth more than a point against a good Guiseley team with most of the good chances falling for the home side.

Phil Marsh was put through one-on-one with Steven Drench by Craig Hobson?s through ball, but the Guiseley keeper made a good block, and pushed Marsh wide enough to force his shot off the rebound onto the post instead of the back of the net. Drench followed it up with an even better save when Marsh interchanged with Lloyd Ellams, but Drench?s full stretch save denied him, with Rhys Meynell heading the corner over the bar.

Ryan Toulson had Guiseley?s only meaningful chance of the half with a forty yard shot straight at Jan Budtz, whilst at the other end, Hobson?s rocket of a shot was blocked on route by Simon Ainge with Drench beaten. Ellams lifted his snap shot over the bar as it looked like a goal was only a matter of time. Jack Rae had a rare shot and it was a good effort, but Drench was equal to it.

The second half started with Joe O?Neill getting behind the Celtic defence and lashing off a sensational shot, but Jan Budtz?s flying reaction stop was top notch. Moments later, and Guiseley should have been down to ten men as Marsh beat Drench for pace, three yards from goal and Drench brought Marsh down, clearly and unambiguously. But it was a booking only for Drench and he was allowed to stay onto save Lloyd Ellams?s penalty, which wasn?t as powerful as he would have liked.

Celtic increased the pressure after the penalty almost desperate to grab the winner. Celtic had a series of corners with Guiseley visibly creaking but not collapsing, and Dave Merris had to be on hand to dig Lloyd Ellams?s close range effort off the line as Drench came for a corner and missed.

However, Celtic couldn?t find a way of getting the ball in the net and Guiseley left with a point they can hardly claim to deserve.

1Drench, StevenYellow Card 
2Toulson, Ryan  
3Merris, DaveYellow Card 
4Peyton, Warren  > 45
5Ellis, Danny  
6Ainge, SimonYellow Card 
7Baldry, Simon  
8Boshell, Danny  
9ONeill, Joe  > 75
10Wallshaw, James  
11Rothery, Gavin  > 45
12Stamp, Darryn  < 75
14Forrest, Danny  < 45
15McEneaney, Jake  
16Sharry, Luke  < 45
17Coates, James  
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