Local boy the hero as Trinity hit back late to hold Celtic in eight-goal thriller

Gainsborough ended their season with a real thriller of a game, sharing eight goals and the points at Stalybridge Celtic.

It was an afternoon of twists and turns, with Trinity coming from two goals down to level at three a piece, before falling behind again.

Local lad Lynton Karkach was the hero in the 90th minute as he lashed home an effort from the edge of the box to make it 4-4 and create immense tension at Bower Fold.

Stalybridge had to avoid defeat to stay in the Conference North and if Trinity had scored once more, Colwyn Bay would have leapfrogged Celtic, who would have gone down.

It would not have been a fitting end for the hosts, who looked dangerous throughout.

Blues manager Steve Housham made two changes from the defeat to Oxford.

Paul Beesley returned to the forward line in place of Danny Forrest, with Liam Davis on the flank instead of Jamie Yates.

The start was scrappy thanks to the monsoon like downpour that occurred an hour and a half before kick-off.

The game was lucky to go ahead in all honesty and everyone at the ground was glad come the final whistle.

The first goal resembled the football on display as from a Celtic corner, Alec Mudimu swung his left foot to scramble it into the back of the net.

There was almost a second immediately, as forward Chris Simm managed to head wide when unmarked.

Chris Hamilton then latched onto a Stephen Brogan through ball to force a save from the home keeper and not long later the Sheffield United loannee got his name on the scoresheet.

Hamilton burst onto a pass from Davis, had a deflected shot saved, before sidefooting home from an acute angle.

On the stroke of half-time, Simm put Stalybridge back in front from another set piece.

The home side were buoyant and extended their lead shortly after the break.

Simm was the man to hit the net with another header, this time from an Aidan Chippendale left wing cross.

The ground was bouncing at this point as the home fans thought they were safe.

Ten minutes later they began to twitch.

Beesley rifled home from the centre of the box to claim his 10th of the season.

Three minutes later Trinity were level.

Hamilton burst passed his man, squared it to Brogan and he dispatched it into the bottom corner.

Stalybridge were stunned, the three teams fighting to stay in the league all level on points.

Substitute Jamie Allen helped their cause as he picked the pocket of Josh Lacey, squared to Chippendale and they were ahead once more.

The points were shared however, as Karkach lashed home to force a nervy finish.

Trinity: Watson, Roma (c), Lacey, Binns, Byrne, Picton, Russell, Davis (Karkach 61), Beesley (Forrest 84), Hamilton, Brogan (Yates 79) Subs: Budtz, Salt.

Stalybridge Celtic: Etheridge, Wylie, Crowley, Regan, Hughes, McKenna (Potts 90) Chippendale, Kerr (c) (Allen 77), Simm, Powell, Mudimu. Subs: Ennis, Wigley, King.

Goal scorers: Mudimu 24, Simm 45, 57, Chippendale 81; Hamilton 41, Beesley 68, Brogan 71, Karkach 90.

Attendance: 647

Referee: Mr I Turner. Assistants: Mr P Ince, Mr M Crusham.