On Saturday, weather permitting, Celtic host bottom of the table Sutton Coldfield Town. Sutton Coldfield are one place and one point below Celtic on twenty-three points, though they have played six games more. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Sutton Coldfield have been bottom of the table since mid-October, during a spell of ten games in which they won gained only one point, a 1-1 draw at home to Whitby. Between the 2-1 win at home to Buxton in September and their 1-0 away win at Farsley, this was the only point they picked up. After the win at Farsley, they beat Celtic at their place, and then had to wait until their most recent game, which they won, beating Workington 4-1 in Sutton Coldfield. They have won six games in total, one less than Celtic, but have picked up five draws, two more than Celtic. Their most recent away games since the win at Farsley have seen them have a goalless draw at Nantwich and lose to Ashton and Coalville. Their only other away win was a 2-0 win at Halesowen. In fifteen away games, they have won two, drawn two and lost eleven.
Sutton Coldfield have scored thirty-four goals this season, eleven of them away, at a rate of 1.1 goals per game (0.7 away from home). They have conceded eighty goals, forty of them away, at a rate of 2.6 goals per game (2.7 away from home). They have kept three clean sheets on the road, from four in total, whilst failing to score seven times away from home from thirteen in total. Sutton Coldfield's top scorer this season is Gurjit Singh, on eleven; nearly twice as many as his closest rival, Justin Richards. They have had fourteen different scorers, five have two and seven have one. Their most prolific period is the last fifteen minutes of a match, in which they have scored sixteen goals. Their most vulnerable period is the same, with twenty-two goals conceded in this period.
Sutton Coldfield have never faced Celtic at Bower Fold, though have played FC United of Manchester here. The two teams have met twice though, both times in Sutton Coldfield, winning both. 2-0 in the league, and 1-0 in the Trophy.
Josh Green has recently joined Sutton Coldfield in an attempt to find a goal scorer. Their last match, the 4-1 win at home over Workington saw them line up as:
1. Jonathon Brown
2. Tyler Little
3. Lewis Probert
4. Lee Smith
5. Jacob Wedderburn
6. James Beresford
7. Checklaine Steele
8. Danny O'Callaghan
9. Justin Richards
10. David Howarth
11. Matthew Timms
Celtic's last match was the 1-0 away defeat at Barwell. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Jack Walton
2. Oliver Crowley
3. Alex Honeyball
4. Chris Gallagher
5. Luke Ashworth
6. Danny Morton
7. Jordan Chapell
8. Tom Brown
9. Liam Dickinson
10. Theo Bailey-Jones
11. Connor Hughes
Ross Killock is fit for selection after his injury recurred in training keeping him out of the starting line-up for Barwell.
Being one point behind, Sutton Coldfield could overtake Celtic this weekend if they win, lifting them off the bottom for the first time in months, and although Celtic have games in hand, there is no guarantee of winning them. Celtic's home record has seen us win seven of our last ten, including our most recent New Year's Day match against Lancaster which we won 5-2.
Other matches this weekend:
Altrincham (60pts 1st) v Mickleover Sports (41pts 12th)
Barwell (43pts 10th) v Buxton (40pts 13th)
Coalville Town (40pts 14th) v Nantwich Town (38pts 16th)
Farsley Celtic (48pts 6th) v Hednesford Town (46pts 8th)
Grantham Town (53pts 2nd) v Witton Albion (44pts 9th)
Marine (28pts 21st) v Stafford Rangers (36pts 17th)
Matlock Town (35pts 18th) v Lancaster City (41pts 11th)
Rushall Olympic (34pts 19th) v Ashton United (50pts 4th)
Stourbridge (39pts 15th) v Shaw Lane (53pts 3rd)
Whitby Town (32pts 20th) v Halesowen Town(27pts 22nd)