On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to Witton (kick off 7:45pm). Witton are currently eighteenth on fifteen points, eight places and eight points below Celtic. Witton have lost only one home game all season, a 2-1 defeat to Mickleover, though they have only won two, drawing the other three. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Witton have had a rocky start to the season, in their opening four games, they lost the opener 2-1 at home to South Shields, drew 1-1 at home with Hyde, then beat Whitby (away) 1-0 and Nantwich at home 2-0. In their last five matches, they beat North Ferriby 4-0 away, lost away 2-0 at Scarborough, and 2-1 at home to Mickleover, but did win their last match, beating Lancaster 1-0 at home.
Their top scorers, with four apiece, are Robert Hopley and James Foley, with just three other scorers helping Witton to their twelve goals this season, giving them the third worst attack in the league. A third of all their goals this season were scored in their 4-0 win over North Ferriby. At home they score an average of 0.8 goals per game (overall it’s a goal a game), but they are conceding only 0.5 goals per game at home (again, a goal per game overall). They have failed to score twice at home (four times overall), and kept four clean sheets at home (from six overall). Only Warrington have conceded fewer goals this season, so whilst their attack is short on fire power, their defence is helping them win games and is the second best in the league.
Witton won both league games last season, beating us 4-1 in our visit there in September 2017, then 5-0 at Bower Fold, in our last home game of the season, and the twelfth game we’d played in April. Our last win over Witton was in the FA Cup, after holding them to a 1-1 draw in September 2016, we beat them 2-1 at Bower Fold. Our last win at Witton was in the Cheshire Senior Cup in November 2000, whilst our last league win was in the Conference Premier in 1994, when we beat them 3-0. In the last thirty years, we’ve been twelve times competitively, winning two and losing eight.
Witton’s most recent game was a 1-0 home win over Lancaster City. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Greg Hall
2. Anthony Gardner
3. Matty Devine
4. Josh Wardle
5. Liam Goulding
6. Billy Smart
7. Danny McKenna
8. Tom Owens
9. Rob Hopley
10. Will Jones
11. James Foley
In Celtic’s last match, the 1-1 home draw with Buxton, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Ross Dent
5. Michael Clarke
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharp
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Neil Kengni
Celtic are just about injury free ahead of the match.
Unlike last season, Celtic are doing better in the league ahead of this meeting, with a win meaning we could climb to seventh, whilst a defeat could see us drop a place, depending on the Farsley v Hyde result, which is the only other game taking place on Tuesday night.
|Home win||Nantwich Town||2-0||Mon 27th Aug|
|Away win||Whitby Town||0-1||Sat 25th Aug|
|Home defeat||Mickleover Sports||1-2||Tue 9th Oct|
|Away defeat||Scarborough Athletic||2-0||Tue 2nd Oct|
|Home score||Mickleover Sports||1-2||Tue 9th Oct|
|Away score||Stafford Rangers||3-1||Tue 11th Sep|