On New Year’s Day, Celtic travel to Workington (kick off 3pm). Workington are currently second bottom on sixteen points fifteen points and ten places below Celtic, although they have four games in hand on the rest of the league. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Workington have played nine games at home this season, winning three and drawing two. Their last home win was at the start of December when they beat Hednesford Town 4-2 coming off the back of three straight home defeats and their previous win being the start of September ten games previously. Although they lost away at South Shields, their previous away game was a win, beating Lancaster 2-0; they lost their most recent home game, 3-2 to Scarborough. Workington could be in somewhat of a false position with four games in hand on the rest of the teams in the league.
Jason Walker and Connor Tinnion are tied at the top of the Workington’s scorers’ chart with six goals apiece. Between them, they have scored half Workington’s goals this season, with Workington scoring twenty-two times (at a rate of 1.2 goals per game), the fourth worst attack in the league. Two thirds of their goals this season have come at home, at a rate of 1.6 goals per game, which ranks them twelfth in the league for home scorers. Just over half of their conceded goals have come at home, with fifteen of the twenty-nine concessions. They concede at home at a rate of 1.7 goals per game from 1.5 per game overall. Workington have failed to score only once at home, a 1-0 defeat by Farsley. They have also kept only one clean sheet at home: a 1-0 win over Stafford.
We’ve met Workington twice already this season. We beat them 1-0 in the league at Bower Fold, but lost 2-1 in the Trophy (also at Bower Fold). Last season we beat them 4-3 at their place (with goals from Liam Dickinson, Connor Hughes and Greg Wilkinson enough on a Somme like pitch), but deep into the four games a week we were playing at the end of last season, they came to Bower Fold and won 3-1. Since the turn of the century, we’ve visited Workington a dozen times, winning five and losing seven. Workington’s last win over us at Borough Park was a 1-0 win at the start of the 2013/14 season in the Conference National.
In their last match, the 4-1 defeat away at South Shields, Workington lined up as:
1. Aaron Taylor
2. Niall Cowperthwaite
3. Gari Rowntree
4. Dan Wordsworth
5. Josh Calvert
6. Sean Patterson
7. Jordan Holt
8. Kieran Maguire
9. Scott Alison
10. Sam Joel
11. Connor Tinnion
Celtic’s last match was a 2-2 draw with Hyde, in which we lined up as:
1. Jake Turner
2. Liam Tongue
3. Jack Taylor
4. Ross Dent
5. Olly Marx
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Neil Kengni
10. Andrew Scott
11. Matty Wolfenden
Workington need wins, but are having something of an injury crisis, hopefully Celtic can kick off 2019 with a win.
From the M60, take M61 (junction 15) to Preston.
Follow the M61 right to the end and join the M6 towards South Lakes.
After about 65 miles on the M6 take Junction 40 onto the A66 (Penrith, North Lakes).
On the roundabout at the end of the slip-road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A66.
Stay on the A66 for 37 miles (going straight across 4 roundabouts) to a t-junction with the A596 (Bridge Street).
At the roundabout, turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A596 (Bridge Street).
After a mile, at the roundabout, turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto A597 (Hill Crest), cross the bridge and the ground is on the left.