On Saturday, Celtic end the run of five away games in seven days with a home match to Coalville Town (kick off 3pm). Coalville are currently twenty-second in the league on forty-six points, two places and two points below Celtic, despite playing two more games. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for the game.
Coalville lost their opening three games, but then went on an eight game unbeaten run with six wins lifting them to top spot – briefly. They followed this with one win in a run of eight defeats that saw them start to fall down the table. With three wins in their last fifteen, and nine losses in their last eleven, the turn of the year has been unkind to Coalville, although they did win their most recent match, a 1-0 home victory over Halesowen. Their previous win was away, four away games ago in March, when they beat Ashton United 2-1. Stafford, Matlock and Barwell have all beaten them away from home since.
Matlock have had fifteen different goal scorers this season, though by far and away their danger men are Nathan Watson and Daniel Creaney who have seventeen and fifteen respectively, about a half of all sixty-two goals that Coalville have scored. On average they score 1.5 goals per game away and 1.4 goals per game overall. They have conceded eighty-seven goals, only Sutton Coldfield have conceded more goals this season. Coalville have kept two clean sheets on the road, the most recent being their 1-0 win over Marine back at the start of September, and have kept six clean sheets in total. They have failed to score in two away games, and nine times overall.
We have only played Coalville once, earlier this season in Coalville, when they won 4-0 during their run that propelled them to the top of the table.
Matlock's last match was the 1-0 home win over Halesowen on Tuesday. In that match, Coalville lined up as:
1. Elliott Taylor
2. Cleveland Taylor
3. Kyle Bryant
4. Lee Torr
5. Dean Freeman
6. Steve Towers
7. Tom McGlinchey
8. Alex Howes
9. Ant Carney
10. Nathan Watson
11. Alex Dean
Celtic's last match was the 2-0 win defeat at Matlock Town. In that match, we lined up as:
1. George Sykes-Kenworthy
2. Harrison Holgate
3. Alex Honeyball
4. Danny Morton
5. Luke Ashworth
6. Jack Taylor
7. Jake Charles
8. Oli Roberts
9. Braulio "Ed" Maieco
10. Matty Wolfenden
11. Connor Hughes
Ross Killock and Tom Brown are both out, possibly for the season, whilst Greg Wilkinson may well be named in the starting line up with Connor Hughes suspended.
A win would not move us up, but a loss would see at least Coalville overtake us, and possibly Whitby. A win would also keep us out of the bottom four, and strangely, still in contention for a top half finish! However, this is game five in seven days and the players have had only Sunday, Wednesday and Friday off since last Saturday's loss at Stourbridge.
Other games on Saturday:
Ashton United (73pts 4th) v Nantwich Town (57pts 12th)
Barwell (62pts 9th) v Farsley Celtic (71pts 5th)
Buxton (62pts 8th) v Sutton Coldfield Town (322pts 24th)
Grantham Town (77pts 3rd) v Altrincham (88pts 1st)
Hednesford Town (57pts 14th) v Mickleover Sports (53pts 17th)
Lancaster City (53pts 18th) v Stourbridge (56pts 16th)
Marine (52pts 19th) v Whitby Town (46pts 21st)
Matlock Town (57pts 13th) v Workington (59pts 10th)
Rushall Olympic (59pts 11th) v Witton Albion (63pts 7th)
Stafford Rangers (57pts 14th) v Shaw Lane (67pts 6th)
Warrington Town (80pts 2nd) v Halesowen Town (40pts 23rd)