After a first half with little to write home about, the second half saw Celtic with a lot of pressure, but no end result allowing a breakaway goal to give Gainsborough the three points.
Both sides carved half chances in the first half, Ashley Worsfold warming up Paddy Wharton in the opening exchanges, while at the other end, the best chance was a Ross Dent header off Josh Solomon-Davies’s cross, that flashed wide. Celtic were finishing the stronger of the two, with Greg Wilkinson getting into the box before firing wide and Daniel Cockerline’s effort took a deflection straight into Jon Stewart’s arms.
The second half saw Celtic press the home side, with Trinity rarely breaking into Celtic’s half. Douglas Nyaupembe twice went close, firing wide when a driven low cross through a crowded box was possibly a better alternative, whilst Dent’s flying header was wide. Liam Tongue’s twenty-five yards free kick exploited a poorly positioned wall, but not a perfectly positioned Stewart. The closest Celtic came was a twenty-minutes before the end, when Josh Solomon-Davies twice in a minute cut inside, Ben Gordon to get down the touchline and fire in hard, but both times Joe Maguire was on hand to save Trinity, hacking the ball off the line.
Celtic’s inability to force the ball into the back of the net meant that during a Celtic pressing attack, the ball was launched down to William Longbottom who had acres of space to run into. With Olly Marx coming into to close him down, Longbottom launched his cross to the back post where Ashley Worsfold was arriving to divert the ball into the bottom corner.
Trinity proceeded to finish strongly, not allowing Celtic any way back into the game. Twice Paddy Wharton had to keep Celtic in with a sniff of a chance as Trinity broke in the dying minutes, firstly Longbottom’s riffling shot that Wharton flew to reach, and then, moments later, Harry Middletown’s driving shot required a similar excellent save. Despite Wharton’s heroics, Celtic never looked like equalising.
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