April 12th 2004
... JUST!
  The Easter programme provided mixed blessings for the Celts with a win and a defeat that leaves them one point behind leaders Matlock Town and 2nd placed Hyde United before Monday night's matches.

On Saturday the Celts cruised past Bishop Auckland with a commanding 4-0 win at Throstle Nest.

Roy Stammar struck early on for the hosts with a stylish trademark goal after just 8 minutes and they could have extended their lead with a flurry of clear cut chances before the break.

The second-half was all Celtic with Mick Midwood dispatching a penalty on 47 minutes and then grabbing a second on 60 minutes to make it 3-0.

Darren Roberts rounded off a fine performance with a fourth goal in the last minute.

On Easter Monday Lee Sinnott's side made the short trip across North Leeds to face Guiseley but came away with nothing after a 2-0 defeat on a pitch that resembled a ploughed field.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges although it was Darren Roberts who went closest on 15 minutes for the Celts with a speculative lob.

On the half hour mark Guiseley took the lead after a slip in the area by Andy Shields let Dave Henry in and the tricky midfielder finished well with a low drive from 10 yards.

Farsley hit back with Mick Midwood and Amjad Iqbal both squandering clear-cut chances. After the break it was all Farsley but they went 2-0 down to the classic sucker punch.

Scott Jackson, clearly offside, latched onto a long ball to drill the ball home on 87 minutes and secure the points.

The Celts face three remaining league games: with Gateshead visiting Throstle Nest next Saturday (3pm) when another big crowd is expected.

It's the Unibond Family Fun Day with competitions and fun for all supporters and the first 50 children in through the gate receiving a free hamburger. The gates open at 2pm.

The following Wednesday (21st) the Celts travel north to take on Bishop Auckland hoping for a repeat of this week's scoreline before ending the season at Leek Town on Saturday 24th April.

Top spot would secure the Celts a one off play-off match away at the 14th placed team in the Unibond League Premier Division (currently Whitby Town).

Should they win that they will then face a semi-final and final on May 1st & May 3rd to determine whether Throstle Nest will be playing host to Conference League North football next season.



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