Match Report -
Back in the bottom three
By Iain Benson

Two penalties, one penalty save, and a game of few chances for Celtic, ultimately saw them slip back into the bottom three with a 2-0 defeat at the misty ground of the Villagers, North Ferriby United.

The first half was quite even, and North Ferriby looked rattled by Celtic's play, Liam Dickinson causing a lot of problems for the host's central defensive partnership. Sean McConville fired wide early on, but it was Danny East who was the busier keeper, catching fairly easily from Nathan Jarman and Ryan King, but then having to react superbly well when nobody got onto Jarman's forty-yard free kick that sailed through the box, and East palmed it away.

Josh Green tested Adam Nicklin after twenty minutes, but the shot lacked power, whilst debutant Joel Logan was willing to shoot, and was only just wide on several occasions. A well worked corner routine looked set to give Celtic the lead as it came through to Sean McConville, but the normally reliable McConville leaned black, and blazed the ball into the allotments. Liam Dickinson headed a great free kick narrowly wide, as Celtic ? if anything ? finished the half the stronger of the two sides.

The second half was a different story, as Celtic fell behind. Joel Bembo-Leta grappled with Jarman in the box, and the North Ferriby man went down, foul, penalty yes, and nobody complained: least of all Jarman himself who smashed his shot into the very top corner.

After the goal, Ferriby were impenetrable at the back, and Celtic looked unable to break them down. It required East to twice keep Celtic in the hunt with a pair of good saves, first from Jamie Yates's close range effort, and then to parry Lewis King's goal-bound shot round the post for a corner.

Celtic were handed a life line, when Danny Hone was finally seen grappling Liam Dickinson to the ground, this time in the box, and Celtic were awarded a penalty. McConville took on the responsibility. Sadly, it won't go down in the scrapbook, hit hard and straight at Nicklin, who saved, pushing the ball out for a corner.

Had it gone in, would it have been a different story? Who knows. As it was, Ferriby were content to prevent Celtic getting any more opportunities, and right at the death, Anthony Wilson ran straight through the defence and fired the killer goal home with seconds left on the clock, beating Danny East at his near post, and summing up the difference between the two teams, one title hopefuls, the other hanging on in the division.

1Nicklin, Adam  
2Robson, Paul  
3Wilde, Josh  
4King, LewisYellow Card 
5Gray, MarkYellow Card 
6Hone, Danny  
7McMahon, Lewis  > 69
8Fry, Russell  
9Kendall, Ryan  > 76
10Jarman, Nathan  
11Yates, Jamie  
12Peat, Nathan  < 69
14Lisles, Dean  
15Wilson, Anthony  < 76
16Bruce, Louis  
17Pecora, Antoni