Match Preview :- Histon - Saturday November 2nd, 2013 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic face Histon FC in the Skrill North clash (Kick off 3pm). Histon are currently just two places and one point above Celtic having played a game less, on eighteen points in eighth. There will be a live match centre for this game.

Histon have had a much better start to this season’s campaign than last season’s that saw them avoid relegation on goal difference of a single goal. This season, they are skirting with the play-off spots, six points off Brackley in fifth.

It’s not Histon’s away record that has lifted them into the top ten, as they have had just one away win in the last sixteen, that being on the fourteenth of September when they beat Harrogate 1-0 – the last away win before that was back in January last season, when they beat Worcester City 3-2. Although they’ve had only one win, they’ve draw three of their away matches, holding both Altrincham and Solihull Moors to draws. At home, they’ve not had any draws this season, instead, they have had four wins and two losses. They have been beaten by Telford and Hednesford, failing to score in both. They have beaten Stockport, Workington, Gainsborough and Colwyn Bay. So have lost to teams above, drawn with teams around, and beaten those below.

Celtic have a very good record against Histon. A hundred percent win rate in fact. Our last meeting was at their place back in April, and we won 2-0, whilst their previous two visits to Bower Fold saw Celtic win 2-1 in September 2012, and 2-0 in November 2011.

Histon’s top scorer this season is Nathan Hicks, with four goals, however, he has not scored since September, which has coincided in a dip in form for Histon. Histon have kept two clean sheets, both on the road, and have failed to score four times, two at home and two away. They have scored in their previous four games.

Jack Cassidy is suspended for today’s match, but they appear to be injury free. They have recently signed on loan youth players Shaq McDonald (Peterborough) and David October (Ipswich). In their last match a 2-1 home win over Stockport County. In that match, Histon lined up as:
1. Calum Kitscha
2. Harry O’Mally
3. David October
4. Grant Roberts
5. Omar Beckles
6. Peter Grant
7. Lewis Taaffe
8. Jay Dowie
9. Kaine Sheppard
10. Nathan Hicks
11. Shaq McDonald

Celtic have won two out of two under Keith Briggs, and will be looking to extend that. Kelvin Bleau and Tom Buckley missed the last match through injury, though Adam Pepper was back from the bench. Hopefully the litany of injuries is easing, and we are suspension free. In Celtic’s last match, the 2-1 home win over Leamington, Celtic lined up as:
1. Matty Urwin
2. Prince Haywood
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Mark Lees
5. Joel Bembo-Leta
6. Kristian Platt
7. Lewis Hatch
8. Callum Warburton
9. Obi Anorou
10. Sean McConville
11. Conal Platt

A win for Celtic would see us leap-frog Histon, but we can get no higher than eighth with the three points. A win for Histon could see Celtic drop a couple of places, with Harrogate playing at home to Oxford. Other games on Saturday:
Altrincham (26pts 2nd) v Hednesford Town (26pts 1st)
Brackley Town (24pts 6th) v Boston United (25pts 4th)
Bradford Park Avenue (18pts 9th) v Gloucester City (10pts 19th)
Colwyn Bay (11pts 16th) v Solihull Moors (26pts 3rd)
Guiseley (12pts 14th) v Barrow (10pts 17th)
Harrogate Town (14pts 12th) v Oxford City (8pts 21st)
Stockport County (13pts 13th) v AFC Telford (21pts 7th)
Vauxhall Motors (15pts 11th) v Leamington FC (11pts 15th)
Worcester City (9pts 20th) v North Ferriby United (25pts 5th)
Workington (8pts 22nd) v Gainsborough Trinity (10pts 18th)

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