On Wednesday, Celtic face North Ferriby United in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round replay having drawn at home. Ferriby are currently in eighth in the table, on twenty-two points, four points and two places above ninth placed Celtic. There will be a match centre for this game.
Prior to the draw with us on Saturday, North Ferriby beat Nuneaton Town in the previous round, beating them at home 2-1, but struggled in the round before when they were away at Newton Aycliffe, drawing 0-0 away, then easily winning 3-0 after taking them back to Hull. North Ferriby are also doing very well in the league, having lost only once this season, in their opening game away at Tamworth. Having said that: they have won five out of their last thirteen games, and have drawn the other eight. They are something of a draw specialist this season. They have only won once away from home, against Brackley.
They have only conceded two goals at home, the meanest home defence in the league. Their top scorer this season is Curtis Bateson, with seven; of course, Tom Denton is up there, right behind him on five. On average they score 2.1 goals per game at home, and conceded 0.3.
We've met the Villagers five times, and have yet to beat them. We got a draw in their last league visit to Bower Fold, which finished 2-2, wunderkind Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbing both of Celtic's goals in the first half, only to be cancelled out by a Matt Regan own goal and a late equaliser from Gregg Anderson; it was this game that saw Tom Denton's foul on Kelvin Bleau effectively end Kel's career at Celtic. Ferriby's previous visit was a 3-2 win for them, after Paul Ennis had cancelled out Liam King's sixteen seconds goal, and a Liam Dickinson penalty giving Celtic a second half lead, only for it to be cancelled out by goals from Nathan Jarman and Josh Wilson. Both games in Ferriby finished 2-0 for the Villagers.
There's a great incentive for Celtic to progress to the first round proper: £12,500 and an away tie at Doncaster Rovers, a team we have never lost to.
Tom Denton is back from suspension for this match, and Ferriby's other striker, Ryan Kendal should also return, whilst defender Danny Hone is likely to be missing. In the initial match at Bower Fold, NFU lined up as:
1. Adam Nicklin
2. Ben Moddleston
3. Josh Wilde
4. Liam King
5. Ash Palmer
6. Mark Gray
7. Danny Clarke
8. Russell Fry
9. Danny Emerton
10. Adam Bolder
11. Curtis Bateson
Aidan Chippendale missed the last few games and is recovering from an appendectomy, hopefully he will ahve recovered enough to make a return in the replay. In the previous match against the Villagers, Celtic lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Peter Wylie
3. Oliver Crowley
4. Matty Hughes
5. Jack Higgins
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Ben McKenna
8. Bohan Dixon
9. Adam Farrell
10. Steve Tames
11. Danny Wisdom
Join the M60 heading towards Oldham and stay on the M60 to Junction 20.
At the roundabout, turn right (signposted for Leeds) and join the M62.
Stay on the M62 for 70 miles right to the very end where it becomes the A63.
Stay on the A63 for 7 miles to the junction with the B1231 (Ferriby and Melton).
Leave the A63 here.
At the first roundabout turn right, and at the immediate second roundabout turn left onto the B1231 (Melton Road).
After a mile, turn right onto Church Road (signposted for North Ferriby).
Take the second left after a third of a mile onto Grange Lane.
The ground is at the end.