Celtic make one of their longest trips this weekend when we travel to Histon Town (kick off 3pm). Histon are currently, eighteenth in the table on six points, sixteen places and ten points behind Celtic. We will endeavour to run a match centre for this game but it may not be a full service.
Histon were relegated into the Conference North at the end of last season, having had a torrid final season in the Conference National. This season has not been much better either, with just one win in six tries, their last match against the pointless Solihull Moors, their first win in twenty consecutive league matches. This should not mean that they should be underestimated, as they have picked up draws against Corby, Boston and Blyth. They have lost twice this season, once at home to Worcester City (5-1) and once on the road at Altrincham (3-0).
They have scored in every home game this season, and only failed to score once, away at Altrincham. Their top scorer is Dan Holman on three. They are conceding equally between the two halves (six in each half), and scoring an average of 1.3 goals per game at home. Our records have no previous meetings between the two clubs, but based on results this season, the automated prediction algorithm is going for a 5-3 win for Celtic.
There is no available squad listing for their 2-0 win over Solihull Moors most recently, but in the previous game, the 1-1 home draw with Corby Town, Histon lined up as:
1. Jorg Stadelmann
2. Zak Mills
3. Dallas Moore
4. Danny Fitzsimons
5. Harri Hawkins
6. Matt Breeze
7. Jay Dowie
8. Jim Stevenson
9. Daniel Sparkes
10. Dan Holman
11. Omer Riza
Celtic are now unbeaten for over twenty league games, and have won five of our opening six games. Craig Hobson missed the last two games after picking up a knock at Workington, and will need assessing ahead of Histon, whilst Dennis Sheriff and Mitchell Austin have gone on loan to Worksop Town. Our most recent game, the 4-2 win over Vauxhall Motors saw Celtic line up as:
1. Jan Budtz
2. Andy McWilliams
3. Joel Bembo-Leta
4. Rhys Meynell
5. Chris Lynch
6. Jack Rea
7. Callum Warburton
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Phil Marsh
10. Lloyd Ellams
11. Connor Jennings
Neither team has any suspension worries ahead of the match.
Celtic need to keep their good form going to keep in the mix at the top of the table. This is eminently possible. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend, however, I have an able deputy lined up for the Match Centre (thanks Damian!) who will hopefully be able to keep us up to date, but it's his first match centre.
Other matches on Saturday:
Bishop's Stortford (6pts 17th) v Boston United (8pts 11th)
Droylsden (8pts 10th) v Colwyn Bay (10pts 8th)
Eastwood Town (7pts 15th) v Blyth Spartans (5pts 19th)
FC Halifax Town (7pts 13th) v Workington (4pts 20th)
Gloucester City (10pts 7th) v Altrincham (6pts 16th)
Guiseley (13pts 3rd) v Vauxhall Motors (7pts 14th)
Hyde (18pts 1st) v Harrogate Town (8pts 12th)
Nuneaton Town (8pts 9th) v Gainsborough Trinity (12pts 4th)
Solihull Moors (0pts 22nd) v Hinckley United (3pts 21st)
Worcester City (11pts 5th) v Corby Town (10pts 6th)
Head away from Bower Fold towards Glossop.
At the traffic lights at the Glossop turning, continue straight to join the A628.
Stay on the A628 through Tintwistle to where it becomes the Woodhead Pass.
Stay on the A628 Woodhead Pass to the Flouch Roundabout (about 11 miles from Tintwistle).
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A616 (signposted for the M1).
After nine miles, there is a roundabout with the A61; continue straight across (exit 3 of 4) to stay on the A616 (signposted M1 Southbound).
After a mile join the M1 Southbound at junction 35a.
Stay on the M1 for 10 miles to junction 32 (M18) and join the M18.
Stay on the M18 for 10 miles to junction 2 (A1(M)).
Stay on the A1(M) for 80 miles to junction 14 (A14 toward M11 and London).
Stay on the A14 for 17 miles to junction 31 (A1307/A14).
Join the A14 and exit after 1 1/2 miles at junction 32 (Histon, B1049).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (1 of 4) onto the B1049 (Cambridge Road) following signs for Histon.
The club is half a mile on the right.
Car Parking at the ground is for permit holders and disabled people only.
There is a car-park in Histon, after the club, take the first left, first right and then first left.