On Saturday, Celtic travel to North Ferriby United (kick off 3pm). Ferriby have had a torrid start to their return to the EvoStick Premier after their relegation last season. With only one win, an impressive 3-0 home win over South Shields, and three draws, they have been left on six points in twenty-first, just one point above bottom club Lancaster and twelve points and fourteen places below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
North Ferriby were relegated last season, finishing bottom with just four wins on twenty-one points, forty-eight points from safety. This season saw them draw their opening game 1-1 away at Marine. They have since gone on two draw two more, 0-0 away at bottom club Lancaster and 2-2 at home to Grantham. Since their 3-0 win over South Shields, that draw with Grantham is their only points at home, losing 5-0 to Warrington, 3-1 to Scarborough, 4-0 to Witton and 5-2 to Matlock. In their last four games they have shipped thirteen goals, failed to score twice and scored three.
Ferriby have scored twelve goals so far this season, three quarters of them at home, at a rate of 1.1 goals per game at home and a goal per game overall. They have conceded twenty goals in total at home (from 28 overall) at a rate of 2.9 goals per game (2.2 overall). They have failed to score in three home matches (and two away), whilst keeping one clean sheet at home and one away. Three different players are leading their goal-scoring chart, with three apiece for Luke Hinsley, Jordan Harrison and Luke Lofts; the former two getting all their goals at home.
With Ferribyís recent exploits in the Conference national, itís been a while since we visited the Humberside club, with the last visit being in 2016, when North Ferriby won 1-0 though the last meeting between the two sides a couple of weeks later at Bower Fold went Celticís way with Aaron Chalmers and Chris Simm giving Celtic a 2-0 win. Earlier in the season, the two sides had met in the FA Cup, with the home fixture for Celtic ending in a 1-1 draw and the away game also finishing in a goalless draw after extra time and Celtic going through to face Doncaster on penalties. That win is our only win in North Ferriby, out of four visits, with the home side winning the other three.
In North Ferribyís last match, the 5-2 home defeat to Matlock, North Ferriby lined up as:
1. Lewis Exall
2. Ben Clappison
3. James Williamson
4. Jamie Forrester
5. Jack Mail
6. James Piercy
7. Charlie Dunkerley
8. Paul Robson
9. Luke Hinsley
10. Eddie Rogerson
11. Jordan Harrison
In Celticís last match, the 1-1 home draw with Nantwich Town, 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 should be fit after a thigh strain picked up after a heavy knock against Gainsborough, whilst Tom Brown is still a few weeks away with his hamstring, Jake Turner with his wrist is similar and Greg Wilkinson is Celticís other doubt. Celtic have never picked up any points in North Ferriby, though we have only been three times in the league. This Ferriby side is a young side, currently going through a bad patch, hopefully Celtic can end their league drought there and notch our own first away win of the season.
|Home win||South Shields||3-0||Mon 27th Aug|
|Away win||Never won away|
|Home defeat||Warrington Town||0-5||Sat 1st Sep|
|Away defeat||Scarborough Athletic||3-1||Tue 4th Sep|
|Home score||Matlock Town||2-5||Tue 2nd Oct|
|Away score||Mickleover Sports||3-2||Fri 24th Aug|