On Tuesday, Celtic host Nantwich Town (kick off 7.45pm). Gainsborough have had a solid start to the season, though they have lost their two out of their three away games this season, they unbeaten at home to leave them in nineteenth on fourteen points, two places and three points below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Nantwich finished fifteenth last season, seven places and nine points above Celtic. They started this season with three home games on the bounce, winning 1-0 on the opening day over Gainsborough Trinity, being held to a goalless draw to Buxton then comprehensively beating Lancaster 5-2. Their first two away games were losses, first to Witton (2-0) then South Shields (4-0), but after a 1-1 draw at home to Hyde, they have won their last two games, 4-1 at home to Whitby and 3-2 away at Scarborough.
Only Danny Glover has scored in their away games, all three in their last match at Scarborough, after failing to score in both previous away games. Home and away, they have scored fourteen goals in total, at a rate of 1.6 goals per game. They have conceded twelve goals at a rate of 1.7 goals per game overall, whilst away they have conceded eight at a rate of 2.7 goals per game. Danny Glover has five of those goals (scored in two games), making them Nantwich’s danger man at the moment, though Callum Saunders and James Lawrie are both on three. Saunders got his three against Lancaster, whilst Lawrie scored a last gasp equaliser at Hyde and two against Whitby.
Last season, Nantwich beat Celtic 4-3 in Nantwich in the last meeting in the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final after extra time during Celtic’s month of Hell. In the league, though, Celtic beat Nantwich both home and away, 3-2 in Nantwich, thanks to a brace from Matty Wolfenden and another from Connor Hughes. Nantwich’s last visit to Bower Fold was in the opening game of last season, when Celtic won 1-0. Prior to last season, we mainly met in the Cheshire Senior Cup and FA Trophy, with Celtic winning both Trophy games, and Nantwich winning all bar one Cheshire Senior Cup games.
In Nantwich’s last match, the 3-2 away win at Scarborough, Nantwich lined up as:
1. Fabian Spiess
2. Jamie Morgan
3. Louis Barnes
4. Joel Stair
5. Toby Mullarkey
6. Caspar Hughes
7. Joe Mwasile
8. James Lawrie
9. Danny Glover
10. Sean Cooke
11. Aaron Knight
In Celtic’s last league match, the 2-1 home win over Gainsborough Trinity, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Scott Wilson
4. George Hughes
5. Liam Tongue
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharpe
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. James Caton
Glenn Rule picked up a heavy knock against Gainsborough and will need assessing, whilst Tom Brown is still a few weeks away with his hamstring, Jake Turner with his wrist is similar and Greg Wilkinson is Celtic’s other doubt. James Caton fell ill during the Gainsborough match, but hopefully will recover in time. Celtic’s home record has been very good this season, and we will hopefully be continuing it against Nantwich, with a win possibly lifting us into the top five!
|Home win||Whitby Town||4-1||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away win||Scarborough Athletic||2-3||Sat 29th Sep|
|Home defeat||Never lost at home|
|Away defeat||South Shields||4-0||Sat 1st Sep|
|Home score||Lancaster City||5-2||Sat 25th Aug|
|Away score||Scarborough Athletic||2-3||Sat 29th Sep|