Match Preview :- Stafford Rangers - Saturday September 11th, 2010 (15:00:00)
Celtic are back down the M6 this weekend when we travel to Stafford Rangers for the Conference North league match (kick off 3pm). Stafford are currently two places and one point behind Celtic in the league table in fourteenth on eight points. There is a coach to this match, and there will be a live score centre.

After an unbeaten run of four games, Stafford have lost their last two games, as well as losing their opening day fixture away at Boston, however, they remain unbeaten at home, with a win over Solihull moors followed by two draws with Guiseley and Worcester. Away from home, they have won once, beating Ilkeston Town 2-0, whilst their most recent games saw them lose 2-0 at both Alfreton and Droylsden.

Chris Sterling is their top scorer, with three goals, with three other scorers this season, all getting a goal apiece. Four of their six goals so far this season have been in the second half, with the first ten minutes from the restart seeing them score three. Five of their conceded eight goals this season have been in the opening half an hour. On average they score 0.8 goals per game (1.3 at home), whilst conceding 1.1 goals per game (a goal per game at home). Stafford have kept one clean sheet, away at Ilkeston, whilst they have failed to score in three (all away). They have won or drawn every game that they?ve scored in.

Our last meeting with Stafford (last season) saw them draw 2-2 at home with us, after losing 2-0 in Stafford earlier in the season. Stafford?s last win over Celtic at Stafford was back in October 2006, when they won 1-0, however, we have won two and drawn two of our last seven visits, the two won being our last two visits there. In their last seven visits to Bower Fold, Stafford have won three and drawn one. Stafford?s best result over us was back in November 1994, when they beat us 5-0 at Stafford.

Stafford have had a few injuries recently, mainly with strikers, with Nick Wellecomme and Ben Mills both missing the 2-0 defeat away at Droylsden, as was defender Jermaine Johnson. Expectations are that at least two of them will be available for selection against Celtic on Saturday, with Jermaine Johnson returning to training this week. In their last match, the 2-0 defeat away at Droylsden, Stafford lined up as:
1. Lee Evans
2. Andr? Francis
3. Mark Dudley
4. Craig McAughtrie
5. Harry Davis
6. Kelvin Mellor
7. Levi Reid
8. Ross Davidson
9. Tyree Clarke
10. Chris Sterling
11. Fabrice Kassiama

Celtic saw Lee Elam limp off in Celtic?s last match, the 2-0 home win over Gainsborough Trinity, and he will have to be assessed ahead of Saturday?s match. Craig Hobson is available for selection once again, having completed his three match ban. With Jody Banim departing, Hobson?s competition for the striker role will be against new signing Dennis Sheriff, the hotshot striker from Woodley Sports who is also now available for selection, and Lloyd Ellams. In our last match, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jan Budtz
2. Glen Rule
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Tim Ryan
5. Steve Woods
6. Jack Rea
7. Connor Jennings
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Phil Marsh
10. Lloyd Ellams
11. Lee Elam

With Celtic having lost our previous two away games, winning only once on the road and Stafford being unbeaten at home, the automated prediction algorithm is suggesting a 4-3 win for Stafford.

Other games this Saturday:
Blyth Spartans (16th 6pts) v Worcester City (10th 11pts)
Boston United (4th 16pts) v Workington (2nd 19pts)
Eastwood Town (20th 4pts) v Gloucester City (11th 9pts)
Gainsborough Trinity (15th 7pts) v Droylsden (7th 12pts)
Hinckley United (18th 5pts) v Guiseley (6th 12pts)
Hyde (21st 1pt) v Corby Town (5th 14pts)
Nuneaton Town (9th 12pts) v Alfreton Town (1st 21pts)
Redditch United (22nd 1pt) v Ilkeston Town (17th 6pts)
Solihull Moors (8th 12pts) v AFC Telford (3rd 17pts)
Vauxhall Motors (19th 4pts) v Harrogate Town (13th 8pts)
P Pts
15 Vauxhall Motors 7 5
16 Hinckley United 8 5
17 Stafford Rangers 7 5
18 Gainsborough Trinity 7 4
19 Eastwood Town 7 3
Sat 11 Sep 2010Stalybridge Celtic1-3
Sat 04 Sep 2010Droylsden0-2
Mon 30 Aug 2010Alfreton Town0-2
Sat 28 Aug 2010Worcester City1-1
Sat 21 Aug 2010Guiseley2-2
Goal Scorers
Sterling, Chris3
Clarke, Ryan1
Clarke, Tyree1
Previous Meetings
Saturday February 26, 2022
Saturday October 02, 2021
Saturday February 08, 2020
Tuesday October 15, 2019
Saturday December 08, 2018
Home win Solihull Moors1-0Tue 17th Aug
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat Droylsden2-0Sat 4th Sep
Home score Guiseley2-2Sat 21st Aug
Away score Droylsden2-0Sat 4th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 31n/a
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 53n/a
Last Drew 111
Distance: 68
Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

From the M67 join the M60 towards Stockport.
After 7 miles, leave the M60 at Junction 4 (Chester, M6) to join the M56 Stay on the M56 for 7 miles, coming off at junction 7 (Northwich, M6) to join the A556.
The roundabout can be avoided by using the slip road.
Stay on the A556 for 5 miles to the roundabout with the M6.
Join the M6 southbound (Birmingham) avoiding the roundabout by using the slip road.
Stay on the M6 for 38 miles to junction 14 with the A34 (Stafford).
At the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road, turn left exit 1 of 5 onto the A34 (signposted Uttoxeter).
After 3/4 of a mile there is a roundabout - go straight across (exit 2 of 4) to join the A513 (Beaconside).
After 1/2 a mile, take the third right (immediate next right after the first left onto Marston Lane) onto Common Road.
The club is one mile down Common Road opposite the Audi garage.

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