Match Preview :- Witton Albion - Tuesday November 6th, 2018 (7:45PM)

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.

P Pts
16 Grantham Town 16 18
17 Mickleover Sports 16 17
18 Witton Albion 13 15
19 Lancaster City 17 15
20 Marine 14 14
Tue 06 Nov 2018Stalybridge Celtic1-3
Sat 03 Nov 2018Lancaster City1-0
Tue 09 Oct 2018Mickleover Sports1-2
Tue 02 Oct 2018Scarborough Athletic0-2
Sat 29 Sep 2018North Ferriby United4-0
Goal Scorers
Foley, James5
Hopley, Robert4
Smart, William2
Owens, Thomas1
Humphreys, River1
Previous Meetings
Tuesday November 06, 2018
Thursday April 26, 2018
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Saturday September 17, 2016
Home win Nantwich Town2-0Mon 27th Aug
Away win North Ferriby United0-4Sat 29th Sep
Home defeat Mickleover Sports1-2Tue 9th Oct
Away defeat Scarborough Athletic2-0Tue 2nd Oct
Home score Mickleover Sports1-2Tue 9th Oct
Away score North Ferriby United0-4Sat 29th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 112
Last Conceded 221
Last Won 112
Last Drew 221
Distance: 35
Time: 45 minutes

From the M60, Junction 4 (M67) go clockwise, towards Stockport.
At Junction 4 (M56) leave the M60 and join the M56.
Stay on the M56 for eight miles leaving junction 10 (Northwich).
Join the A559 (Northwich Road) towards Northwich.
Stay on the A559 for 6 miles - watch for speed cameras! Turn right at the crossroads by the Black Greyhound pub (signposted for Wincham) onto Hall Lane.
After driving for half a mile, you will cross the canal bridge, turn left (signposted for the ground).
The ground is on the left.

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