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, they’ve 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 Celtic’s 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 couldn’t 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 Celtic’s 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
Celtic’s 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.
|Home win||Lancaster City||4-0||Sat 18th Aug|
|Away win||Never won away|
|Home defeat||South Shields||0-3||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away defeat||Basford United||6-0||Mon 10th Sep|
|Home score||Lancaster City||4-0||Sat 18th Aug|
|Away score||Basford United||6-0||Mon 10th Sep|