Match Preview :- Matlock Town - Saturday September 22nd, 2018 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic host Matlock Town in this re-arranged fixture due to both teams having exited the FA Cup early (kick off 3pm). Matlock have had a rocky start to the season, winning their opening game, but going on to lose five and draw one to leave them on four points in twenty-first, nine places and seven points below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Matlock finished last season in fourteenth on sixty points, eight places and twelve points above Celtic, having won eighteen of their forty-six matches. This season, having beaten bottom places Lancaster City at home 4-0, they drew away at Scarborough and went on a losing spree of five straight games, currently a league record. In away games, they have picked up one point, and though they have scored five goals, theyíve not scored for three games; also a current league record. They most recently played South Shields at home, losing 3-0, whilst their last away match was 6-0 defeat at Basford.

They have scored nine goals this season, although four in one match, and another four in two matches, but this leaves them with an average of 1.3 goals per game (1.2 away), whilst they have conceded in every game apart from the opening one, conceding twenty-one in total at a rate of 2.9 goals per game (3.8 away). Three players (Michael Williams, Shaun Harrad and Jake Green) have scored six of their goals between them, and only two goals have come in the first half.

Last season, Celtic won this fixture 4-1, with goals from Liam Dickinson, Jake Charles and a brace from Theo Bailey-Jones. The last meeting between the two teams was in Matlock during Celticís April from Hell, a game Matlock won 2-0, a game notable for reserve keeper, Aidan Winterbottom, playing left wing and almost scoring.

Matlock have a new manager at the helm, Dave Frecklington, but he couldnít stop South Shields winning 3-0 at Matlock in their last game. In that game, Matlock lined up as:
1. Richard Walton
2. Taron Hare
3. Jake Green
4. Cleveland Taylor
5. Lee Beevers
6. Jan Yeomans
7. Marcus Marshall
8. Adam Smith
9. Craig Westcarr
10. Jamie Jackson
11. Tom Davie

In Celticís last league match, the 3-2 home win over Bamber Bridge, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Steve Irwin
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharpe
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Neil Kengni

Celticís new injury doubts are Glen Rule who picked up a knock against Hyde and will be assessed ahead of the match, but apart from Jake Turner, Greg Wilkinson and Tom Brown, Celtic have a full squad ahead of Tuesday night, including new loan signing George Hughes from Shrewsbury Town.

Table
P Pts
18 Workington 7 7
19 North Ferriby United 9 6
20 Marine 7 5
21 Matlock Town 8 4
22 Lancaster City 9 2
Results
Sat 22 Sep 2018Stalybridge Celtic1-3
Sat 15 Sep 2018South Shields0-3
Mon 10 Sep 2018Basford United0-6
Tue 04 Sep 2018Whitby Town0-3
Sat 01 Sep 2018Workington1-3
Goal Scorers
Williams, Michael2
Harrad, Shaun2
Green, Jake2
Jackson, Jamie1
Westcarr, Craig1
Previous Meetings
Saturday September 22, 2018
3
1
Thursday April 19, 2018
2
0
Saturday October 07, 2017
4
1
Saturday November 10, 2012
2
1
Friday December 20, 1991
4
0
Records
Home win Lancaster City4-0Sat 18th Aug
Away win Never won away
Home defeat South Shields0-3Sat 15th Sep
Away defeat Basford United6-0Mon 10th Sep
Home score Lancaster City4-0Sat 18th Aug
Away score Basford United6-0Mon 10th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 432
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 73n/a
Last Drew 111
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