Match Preview :- Witton Albion - Saturday February 9th, 2019 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic are at home to face Witton Albion. Witton are currently fourteenth on thirty-two points, three places and seven points below Celtic though they have four games in hand. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.

Wittonís recent away form has seen them beat Nantwich at the start of the year, but their last two away games were both losses, losing 1-0 to both Hyde and Lancaster. With these being their last two games, Witton have not won at all since January twelfth, when they beat Matlock at home. Last year, their away record was much better, with five wins and a draw from ten.

Witton have scored thirty goals this season, the fifth lowest tally in the league so far. Wittonís current top scorer is James Foley, who has scored a third of all of Wittonís goals, with ten. Rob Hopley is the closest to catching him, with six. Witton score 1.4 goals per game away from home, scoring eighteen goals, half of which came in just two matches, a 4-0 away win over Ferriby and a cracking 5-0 win away at Buxton. They have failed to score in four away matches. Overall, they are scoring 1.2 goals per game, thanks to a goal per game ratio at home. Only Warrington have conceded fewer goals than Wittonís twenty-eight this season, they concede exactly half of their goals on the road, at a rate of 1.1 goals per game. They have kept five of their ten clean sheets on the road.

We have played Witton this season, when we visited back in November, when we inflicted their worst home defeat of the campaign so far, beating them 3-1, with two goals from Matty Wolfenden and a stunning free kick from Liam Tongue. Wittonís last visit, last season saw them win 5-0, in Celticís penultimate match, or the ninety-ninth match played in April. This was added t the September game at Witton where they won 4-1, meaning over the two games, the aggregate was 9-1! Going back through history, most of the encounters were cup of friendly games, with the previous league meetings between the two teams when we were both in the Conference Premier or the old Unibond. In the last thirty years, in eleven visits, Celtic have won six and Witton three in all competitions.

In their last match, the 1-0 away defeat to Lancaster, Witton lined up as:
1. Greg Hall
2. Anthony Gardner
3. Matty Devine
4. Josh Wardle
5. Cesaire Lingouba (played for Celtic in the 2017/18 season)
6. Will Booth
7. Danny McKenna
8. Tom Owens
9. Rob Hopley
10. Will Jones
11. James Foley

In the Celticís last match, the 1-1 away draw at Buxton, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Douglas Nyaupembe
3. Nathan Heath
4. Greg Wilkinson
5. Chris Smalley
6. Olly Marx
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glen Rule
9. Dan Cockerline
10. Ross Dent
11. Michael Howard

Josh Solomon-Davies, Scott Wilson, Jack Taylor and Elliott Cooke are all still doubts for the weekend, with Michael Clarke and Liam Tongue both carrying niggles, but could be fit.

A win for Celtic could see Celtic move up to seventh if results go our way, as Basford not playing, so we would reach seventh if Matlock and Hyde draw and Buxton lose at home to Gainsborough. Only Whitby can catch us, if we lose, and they beat Lancaster in Whitby.

Table
P Pts
11 Basford United 26 35
12 Bamber Bridge 27 32
13 Witton Albion 25 32
14 Marine 27 31
15 Whitby Town 27 31
Results
Sat 09 Feb 2019Stalybridge Celtic2-0
Sat 26 Jan 2019Lancaster City0-1
Sat 19 Jan 2019Hyde United0-1
Sat 12 Jan 2019Matlock Town1-0
Sat 05 Jan 2019South Shields0-1
Goal Scorers
Foley, James8
Hopley, Robert6
Owens, Thomas4
Jones, Will2
Wilson, Michael1
Previous Meetings
Saturday September 28, 2019
0
1
Saturday February 09, 2019
0
2
Tuesday November 06, 2018
1
3
Thursday April 26, 2018
0
5
Tuesday September 19, 2017
4
1
Records
Home win Nantwich Town2-0Mon 27th Aug
Away win Buxton0-5Sat 17th Nov
Home defeat Stalybridge Celtic1-3Tue 6th Nov
Away defeat Scarborough Athletic2-0Tue 2nd Oct
Home score Farsley Celtic2-3Sat 29th Dec
Away score Marine2-3Sat 15th Dec
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 313
Last Conceded 121
Last Won 313
Last Drew 121
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