On Bank Holiday Monday, the visitors are Workington (kick off 3pm). Workington finished eleventh last season, despite reaching second in the table by Christmas. A really poor 2018, with just five wins out of twenty games. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Out of the four wins Workington managed at the end of the 17/18 season, the last one, at the end of April, was over Celtic, with a 3-1 score-line, although this was in the middle of Celticís ridiculous end to the season. The other meeting, in Workington, back in March was a 4-3 win by Celtic, the last game of a six-game losing streak, the longest losing streak of the league that season.
Their top scorer last season was Scott Allison, who found the net sixteen times, twice that of his closest rival, Connor Tinnion. Workington scored a total of seventy-two goals last season (thirty-two away from home) at a rate of 1.6 goals per game (1.4 per away game). They conceded sixty-nine goals (forty-two away) at a rate of 1.5 goals per game (1.8 away). They kept one clean sheet on the road (against Ashton United back in September) out of eight in total, whilst failing to score eight times on the road, from twelve in total.
Over the past twenty years, Workington have visited Bower Fold thirteen times. Over that time, Celtic have won five of the encounters and Workington six. Celticís last win was in 2014 in the Conference North, a game we won 2-0, with Sean McConville and Paul Ennis the scorers. Their last visit was at the end of last season, a game that had been forced to be rescheduled (against both teams wishes) from the day before, finishing 3-1 to Workington, with Celticís goal from Oli Roberts.
This season, Workington have started with one of each, a win, a loss and a draw. Their win was at home to Stafford Rangers losing 1-0, their loss was their only away game so far this season, 2-3 at Bamber Bridge, whilst their draw was a 1-1 at home to Buxton. Jason Walker is already beginning to establish himself as their main threat, with three goals so far this season. Scott Allison is missing from Workingtonís line up at the moment as he recovers from a hernia operation.
In their last match, the 1-1 draw at home to Buxton, Workington lined up as:
1. Aaron Taylor
2. Matty Douglas
3. Jamie Mellen
4. Dan Wordsworth
5. Sam Smith
6. Brad Hubbold
7. Sam Joel
8. Niall Cowperthwaite
9. Jason Walker
10. Kieran Maguire
11. Connor Tinnion
Celticís season has started unbeaten, with two draws and a win. With the bank holiday weekend, itís unlikely that Glen Rule and Luke Wallís international clearance will have come through, and in our last match, the goalless draw away at Warrington, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jake Turner
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Tom Brown
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Matty Wolfenden
8. Ross Dent
9. Scott Bakkor
10. Niall Flint
11. Neil Kengni
Workington will be looking to get their first away win of the season against Celtic, especially having won here last season. Celtic will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season, and build on the last home match with another win.
|Home win||Stafford Rangers||1-0||Sat 18th Aug|
|Away win||Never won away|
|Home defeat||Never lost at home|
|Away defeat||Bamber Bridge||3-2||Tue 21st Aug|
|Home score||Buxton||1-1||Sat 25th Aug|
|Away score||Bamber Bridge||3-2||Tue 21st Aug|