On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to Liverpool to face Marine. Marine are currently twenty-first in the league, on thirteen points, three points and two places below Celtic, though Celtic have a game in hand over them. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Marine started the season well, with three wins in their opening five games, including 2-0 win over Celtic at Bower Fold. Since their 2-0 away at Stourbridge following the victory over us, Marine haven't won a game, which has sent them tumbling down the table. If only home games are taken into account, they are bottom of the table. Their only home win so far this season was Tuesday 15th August, their opening home match, against Workington, which, like their other wins, was 2-0. Their last six home matches have seen them lose to Barwell, Warrington, Coalville, Ashton and Farsley, though their most recent was a 1-1 draw with Grantham.
In that period they scored five and conceded thirteen. Overall at home they've kept one clean sheet (their opening match against Workington) with two clean sheets on the road, but none in their last eleven games, and failed to score three times (four overall). Danny Mitchley is their top scorer with four, though Will Smart, Adam Hughes and James Murray are all right behind him on three apiece. They score at a rate of one goal per game at home (1.2 overall), and concede 1.9 goals per game at home (1.8 overall). In total, they've scored seven goals at home, and conceded thirteen. They are currently bottom of the form table (Celtic are seventeenth).
Our last visit to Marine was in the FA Cup in 2006, a game Marine won 3-2 with Kevin Parr and Paul Sykes getting the goals for Celtic. Celtic's competitive last win there was in 2004 in the Northern Premier League, when we won 2-0, with Chris Denham and Colin Potts scoring the goals, and Andy Ralph pulling off an outstanding double save. In fourteen visits, we have won seven, Marine have won three and there have been four draws.
In Marine's last match, the 2-1 away defeat at Buxton, Marine lined up as:
1. Ben Barnes
2. Peter Wylie
3. James Edgar
4. Adam Hughes
5. Kenny Strickland
6. Billy Smart
7. Michael Brewster
8. Vinny Bailey
9. Danny Mitchley
10. George Lomax
11. James Murray
In Celtic's last match, the 4-1 home win over Matlock Town, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jack Walton
2. Oliver Crowley
3. Alex Honeyball
4. Tom Brown
5. Luke Ashworth
6. Ross Killock
7. Theo Bailey-Jones
8. Oliver Roberts
9. Liam Dickinson
10. Greg Wilkinson
11. John Cofie
Celtic's recent form has been impressive, lifting us from the foot of the table, but now we need to do it away from home. A win could lift us another three places into sixteenth, whilst a loss could drop us back into the bottom four. Marine have a couple of former Celts in their line-up, with George Lomax and Pete Wylie both starting on Saturday.
Other midweek games (Shaw Lane v Buxton is on Monday):
Shaw Lane (30pts 2nd) v Buxton (21pts 13th)
Ashton United (23pts 9th) v Warrington Town (30pts 1st)
Coalville Town (23pts 10th) v Grantham Town (22pts 12th)
Halesowen Town (12pts 22nd) v Hednesford Town (23pts 11th)
Rushall Olympic (11pts 24th) v Barwell (24pts 7th)
Stafford Rangers (17pts 17th) v Mickleover Sports (17pts 18th)
Whitby Town (20pts 15th) v Altrincham (29pts 3rd)
Witton Albion (21pts 14th) v Workington (25pts 6th)
Join the M60 clockwise towards Stockport.
Come off at Junction 11, and join the M62 heading towards Liverpool.
Stay on the M62 for 20 miles, coming off at junction 6 (M57 / Southport).
Stay on the M57 to the very end (10 miles) - Junction 7 (Ormskirk) A5036.
At the roundabout at the end of the motorway, turn left onto the A5036 (Dunnings Bridge Road).
After 2 1/2 miles there is a roundabout.
Go straight across, to stay on the A5063 (now called Princess Way).
After 1/2 a mile there is a big roundabout with the A565.
This is a peculiar junction, you have to go straight across, bear to the right and then to the left.
Follow signs for Crosby (A565).
Stay on the A565 (Crosby Road) for a mile to a set of lights.
Turn left onto College Road.
The ground is half a mile along College Road, on the left.