On Saturday, Celtic have that rarest of things: a home match! Warrington Town are the visitors (kick off 3pm). Warrington are currently second in the league on seventy points, seventeen places and twenty-nine points above Celtic having played two games more. There will be a Match Centre and Twitter feed for this game. There is a half price entry offer for season ticket holders from other teams.
Warrington are within striking distance of going top of the league, a win for them and a loss for Altrincham at Halesowen would see Warrington top the table for the first time since October. They are more than capable, with just three losses on the road all season out of their seventeen away matches. They have not lost on the road since the start of December when Shaw Lane beat them 5-0, and have not lost at all since mid-February when they lost 1-0 to us. Their last away match was a goalless draw at Stafford, with their last win on the road the away game before where they beat Hednesford 2-0. From their last five away matches, they have won three and drawn two.
Sean Williams is leading the scoring chart for Warrington, on Twelve, with Tony Gray just behind on eleven. In total they have scored sixty goals this season with twenty-eight on the road at a rate of 1.7 goals per game overall and 1.6 away. They have conceded thirty-six goals with eighteen coming away from home, at a rate of one goal per game overall and 1.1 away. They have had thirteen clean sheets with six of them away from home, whilst they have only failed to score three times on the road, and seven times overall.
We beat Warrington 1-0 just before Valentine's day, when pressure from Matty Wolfenden forced a rare error from Tony McMillan and he conceded an own goal. Warrington's only visit to Bower Fold came in 1999 in the Cheshire Senior Cup, when Celtic won 2-0. We are something of a bogey team for Warrington, with five meetings between the two teams resulting in five wins for Celtic. We have also three times knocked them out of the FA Cup, in addition to the Cheshire Senior Cup game.
Warrington's last match was the 4-1 home win over Hednesford Town. In that match, Warrington lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Adam Carden
3. Rory McKeown
4. Steven Jennings
5. Jack Higgins
6. Liam Goulding
7. Devarn Green
8. Sean Williams
9. Joseph Piggott
10. Tony Gray
11. William Hayhurst
Celtic's last match was the 3-2 win away over Nantwich. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Jack Walton
2. Harrison Holgate
3. Alex Honeyball
4. Danny Morton
5. Luke Ashworth
6. Ross Killock
7. Greg Wilkinson
8. Tom Brown
9. Liam Dickinson
10. Matty Wolfenden
11. Connor Hughes
Steve Burr has a full squad to choose from.
Celtic's recent form has been a miraculous turn around form early season, and now sit fifth in the form table, with two losses in our last ten, taking fifty-nine percent of the available points, just above Nantwich in eighth who have taken sixty-one percent of the available points. Warrington are currently topping the form table, with one loss in their last ten, taking seventy-six percent of the available points. A win for Warrington could see them go top, whilst a win for Celtic could see us rise two places and be within a win of twelfth place.
Other games this weekend:
Ashton United (61pts 3rd) v Witton Albion (57pts 6th)
Buxton (44pts 16th) v Hednesford Town (53pts 9th)
Coalville Town (43pts 18th) v Whitby Town (39pts 21st)
Farsley Celtic (60pts 4th) v Stourbridge (44pts 15th)
Grantham Town (55pts 7th) v Barwell (53pts 8th)
Halesowen Town (32pts 23rd) v Altrincham (71pts 1st)
Lancaster City (45pts 13th) v Stafford Rangers (49pts 11th)
Marine (38pts 22nd) v Sutton Coldfield Town (29pts 24th)
Mickleover Sports (45pts 12th) v Workington (52pts 10th)
Rushall Olympic (43pts 17th) v Matlock Town (41pts 20th)
Shaw Lane (57pts 5th) v Nantwich Town (45pts 14th)