On Saturday Celtic make the long trip down south to face second placed Brackley Town (Kick off 3pm). Brackley currently have fourteen points, and are twelve places, and seven points ahead of fourteenth placed Celtic. There will be a match centre for this game.
Brackley are unbeaten at the start of the season, having won four and drawn two of their opening six games, more importantly, they have only conceded one goal, building on last season's strong showing. Brackley finished in third with one of the best defences in the league. A defence that was not quite strong enough to stop Halifax going up to the Premier at their expense. Brackley lost twice in their last eleven games of last season, being beaten at home by Colwyn Bay and Corby Town, both something of a shock.
Brackley beat Celtic home and away last season, beating us 3-0 at Bower Fold in February, and 4-1 St James Park in November last year. Celtic haven't met Brackley before that, but based on this season's great start and previous meetings, Brackley have to be the bookies favourites in this match. As Corby proved last season, Brackley have been known to suffer an upset. That's football. However, Celtic are very much the underdogs in this match.
Brackley look to have a full squad to choose from, though their previous game, the 2-0 away win over Guiseley, was described as physical, and some of the players will have been seeing the physio this week. In Brackley's last game, they lined up as:
1. Billy Turley
2. Neil Cartwright
3. Curtis McDonald
4. Eddie Odhiambo
5. Tom Sharpe
6. Ryan Austin
7. Izak Reid
8. Brett Solkhon
9. Charlie Griffin
10. Eddie Nisevic
11. Glenn Walker
Celtic were without Lewis Hatch in the previous match due to a twisted ankle, however, there are no suspensions lined up for Celtic. In Celtic's last match, the 2-3 home defeat to Solihull, Celtic lined up as:
1. Matty Urwin
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Kristian Platt
5. Mark Lees
6. Prince Haywood
7. Tom Buckley
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Oscar Durnin
10. Sean McConville
11. Conal Platt
At this early point in the season, big swings are still possible, and a win for Celtic could lift us five place, whilst a loss could see us drop five, depending on other results. There is a full calendar for this weekend. Other games this weekend:
Altrincham (16pts 1st) v Oxford City (2pts 21st)
Boston United (11pts 7th) v Guiseley (8pts 13th)
Bradford Park Avenue (6pts 15th) v AFC Telford (11pts 9th)
Colwyn Bay (8pts 11th) v Worcester City (2pts 20th)
Gainsborough Trinity (0pts 22nd) v Barrow (5pts 16th)
Harrogate Town (13pts 3rd) v Histon (11pts 8th)
Hednesford Town (13pts 4th) v Vauxhall Motors (8pts 10th)
Solihull Moors (12pts 6th) v North Ferriby United (13pts 5th)
Stockport County (4pts 19th) v Leamington FC (4pts 17th)
Workington (4pts 18th) v Gloucester City (8pts 12th)
Head up Mottram Road towards Mottram.
Join Mottram Road towards Hollingworth.
At the traffic lights with the A57 Woolly Lane towards Glossop, continue straight ahead towards Hollingworth and Tintwistle.
After the lights the road becomes the A628.
Stay on the A628 and it will become the Woodhead pass.
After about 14 miles, you will reach the Flouch roundabout.
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A616 (signposted M1).
After 9 miles you will reach another roundabout, go straight across (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A616.
After 1 1/2 miles you will reach the M1.
Join the M1 going southbound towards London.
Stay on the M1 for 102 miles to junction 15A (A43).
At the second roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right (exit 2 of 3) onto the A43.
Stay on the A43 for 16 miles across three roundabouts, at the fourth roundabout, turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto Northampton Road.
After 1 1/2 miles, turn left onto Churchill Way (signposted "Football Club").
The ground is right at the end of this road.