Match Report -
Bitterly Disappointing
By Iain Benson

Celtic deservedly got ahead after Guiseley’s early goal, but for a definite penalty being turned down, and a suicidal pass gifting the visitors Celtic saw three points go to Yorkshire.

Guiseley were the first out of the blocks when a long diagonal punt bounced past the Celtic defenders, it was tricky to defend, but trickier to shoot from, but Adam Boyes managed it firing past Danny East.

Any thoughts of a repeat of last week by Guiseley were thrown out of the window as Celtic went at the visitors with a passion. Liam Dickinson got his head on a bouncing corner, but Steve Drench spread himself and saved with a knee cap. Several great crosses were put into the box, Ryan Croasdale almost but not quite turning in a Paul Ennis cross at the back post, and Sean McConville’s foot almost connected with Liam Dickinson’s cross, but for last ditch defending. Dickinson had a goal chalked off when somebody was offside, who exactly will only ever be known by the assistant.

A goal was coming, and it came from a set piece undoing Guiseley at the back, Paul Ennis curling into the near post, Liam Dickinson flicking it over everybody to the back post, and Sean McConville dug the ball out from between his feet to smash home the equaliser just seconds before half time.

Guiseley came out in the second half looking to regain the lead, and but for Danny East, they would have got it, first off there was a close range reaction block from the boot of Boyes, the ball falling to Kevin Holsgrove, but East scrambled round and blocked Holsgrove’s follow-up shot.

To make matters worse for the visitors, when former Celt Rhys Meynell bundled over Liam Dickinson, Paul Ennis got to fly in another inch perfect free kick, this time, Dickinson got his head on the ball and looped it over Drench’s outstretched palm.

Celtic didn’t stop there, Sean McConville was denied a stonewall penalty when he was clumsily brought down in the box by Meynell, much to the players’ and management’s displeasure. Paul Ennis got the accuracy but not the power, whilst Josh Green upped the power but not by enough to beat Drench. Celtic were upping the ante, with Guiseley hitting on the counter, and hitting well, Alex Johnson’s curling shot was always curling away from goal, but still snicked the post on the way out.

Guiseley got an equaliser through some good play, pinging the ball at speed around the Celtic box, Adam Boyes turning the ball to Alex Johnson, who fired across East to secure the equaliser.

Seconds later and Celtic undid all their good play with a moment’s lapse of concentration giving Wayne Brooksby a free go on goal, and he didn’t waste it.

Celtic didn’t deserve that, but you don’t always get what you deserve, and though they tried and tried, they could not get the equaliser that would have been the least of what they deserved.

1Drench, Steve  
2Holdsworth, Andy  
3Parker, BenYellow Card 
4Hall, Danny  
5Meynell, Rhys  
6Lawlor, Jake  > 74
7Brooksby, WayneYellow Card 
8Boshell, Danny  
9Boyes, AdamYellow Card 
10Holsgrove, Kevin  > 57
11Rothery, Gavin  
12Harrison, Kyle  
14Forrest, Danny  < 74
15Potts, Michael  
16Johnson, Alex  < 57
17Dickinson, Stephen  
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