Match Preview :- Bamber Bridge - Saturday September 15th, 2018 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic are at home to league newcomers, Bamber Bridge (kick off 3pm). Bamber Bridge have had an unbeaten start to the season, currently sitting in tenth, on ten points, four places and two points above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Bamber Bridge finished last season in fourth, twenty-nine points off top spot. They have adapted quickly to the step up and are currently unbeaten, though with two wins and four draws, they are the lowest placed unbeaten team in the league. Both of their wins this season have been at home, beating Workington (3-2) and Witton (2-0), drawing 0-0 at home to the other W, Warrington Town. Their three away matches this season have seen them draw 1-1 on the opening day to Grantham, and, most recently, draw 1-1 away at Lancaster and 2-2 away at Buxton, in which they scored twice in the dying minutes to pull a point out of the bag.

Bamber Bridge’s nine goals so far this season have come from six different players, with Matt Lawlor, Ryan White and Alistair Waddecar on two goals apiece. They have scored two away goals at a rate of a goal per game, whilst conceding their six goals (two away) at a rate of a goal per game. They’ve yet to keep a clean sheet on the road, but have done so twice at home, but neither have they failed to score away from home, though they have done so once at home.

It’s been over seventeen years since the two teams last met, in the 2000/01 season in which Celtic beat them both home and away. In the 2-0 away win, Tony Sullivan and Dominic Crookes were the scorers, whilst in the home match, Steve Jones, Matty McNeil and Andy Scott got the goals. Bamber Bridge have twice got points at Bower Fold in the last thirty years, drawing 1-1 in 1998 and 2-2 in 2000. The only time Bamber Bridge have beaten Celtic in that time was a 2-1 win at Irongate in 1998.

In Bamber Bridge’s last match, the 2-2 away draw with Buxton, Bamber Bridge lined up as:
1. Lloyd Rigby
2. Paul Dawson
3. Adam Dodd
4. Matt Lawlor
5. Kieran Charnock
6. Michael Potts
7. Alistair Waddecar
8. Danny Forbes
9. Brad Carsley
10. Matthew Dudley
11. Ryan White

In Celtic’s last match, the 2-1 away defeat to Whitby, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Steve Irwin
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Luke Wall
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharpe
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Ross Dent

Celtic’s injury doubts are Jake Turner, Greg Wilkinson and Tom Brown, but otherwise, Celtic have a full squad ahead of Tuesday night, when Celtic need to end the current run of four straight defeats.

Table
P Pts
12 Stalybridge Celtic 8 11
13 Farsley Celtic 6 10
14 Bamber Bridge 7 10
15 Witton Albion 8 9
16 Mickleover Sports 8 8
Results
Sat 15 Sep 2018Stalybridge Celtic2-3
Tue 11 Sep 2018Buxton2-2
Tue 04 Sep 2018Lancaster City1-1
Sat 01 Sep 2018Witton Albion2-0
Mon 27 Aug 2018Warrington Town0-0
Goal Scorers
White, Ryan3
Waddecar, Alistair2
Lawlor, Matt2
Dudley, Matthew1
Forbes, Danny1
Previous Meetings
Saturday September 15, 2018
3
2
Friday March 23, 2001
0
2
Saturday November 11, 2000
3
0
Tuesday April 04, 2000
2
2
Saturday January 08, 2000
1
4
Records
Home win Witton Albion2-0Sat 1st Sep
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat Never lost away
Home score Workington3-2Tue 21st Aug
Away score Lancaster City1-1Tue 4th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 32n/a
Last Drew 111
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