On Saturday, Celtic travel to Lincolnshire to face Gainsborough Trinity. Gainsborough are currently sixth in the league on forty-nine points, ten points and five places above Celtic, having played a game more. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.
Gainsborough’s recent home form has been underwhelming, given their start to the season that saw them win their opening five home games. Since their 1-1 home draw with Witton at the start of December, they have played at home eight times, won one, drawn two and lost five, with their last home win a 4-1 victory over Workington at the start of January. Their last two home matches have seen them lose 4-1 to Warrington and 5-0 to Farsley.
Trinity have scored forty-four goals this season, with twenty-seven of them at home (at a rate of 1.8 goals per home game and 1.4 overall). Ashley Worsfold is head and shoulders their leading danger man with thirteen goals so far this season, putting him seventh in the goal-scorers chart, just one goal off joint fourth. At the other end, they have conceded thirty-six, with two thirds of those goals coming at home, thanks in large part to conceding ten in their last three matches. They concede at a rate of 1.2 goals per game overall, and 1.6 per game at home. Trinity have failed to score in just three home matches, keeping the same number of clean sheets at the Northolme this season. With thirteen goals conceded in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, this is their most vulnerable period this season, whilst they are strong finishers, scoring twenty-two of their goals in the last twenty minutes.
We have already played Trinity this season, beating them 2-1 at Bower Fold, with goals from Scott Bakkor and Matty Wolfenden enough to see off the late onslaught that got Trinity a consolation. The last time we visited the Northolme was in our relegation season from the Conference North that saw draw 2-2, getting our noses in front with goals from Kieran Dunbar and Fraser Hosfall only to concede late on for the draw. Our last win in Gainsborough was a 2-0 win at the start of the 2013/14 season, with second half goals from Adam Pepper and Sean McConville. In our last five visits, we have won two, lost two and drawn one. In the last thirty years, we have visited twenty-five times, winning six, losing seven and drawing twelve games. We have put them out of the FA Trophy twice and the Presidents Cup once, although all three games required replays.
In their last match, the 5-0 home defeat to Farsley, Gainsborough lined up as:
1. Jon Stewart
2. Neil Austin
3. Ben Gordon
4. Shane Clarke
5. Ioan Evans
6. Nathan Stainfield
7. Alex Byrne
8. Simon Russell
9. Ashley Worsfold
10. Damian Reeves
11. Will Longbottom
In the Celtic’s last match, the 0-2 home defeat by Witton, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Douglas Nyaupembe
4. Greg Wilkinson
5. Chris Smalley
6. Olly Marx
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glen Rule
9. Dan Cockerline
10. Matty Wolfenden
11. Andrew Scott
Nathan Heath, Michael Clarke, Scott Wilson, Jack Taylor and Elliott Cooke are all doubts for the weekend, whilst Trinity have bolstered their squad with a pair of loan signings from Doncaster Rovers in Max Watters and Will Longbottom.
Hopefully, Celtic can end our recent poor spell of three wins in ten matches, although we have only lost once in the last five away games! A win might only lift us up a single place (if Hyde fail to win at Mickleover), but – more importantly - it would keep us in contention for a top ten finish this season. Our loss last Saturday means both Whitby and Bamber Bridge are capable of over taking us if we lose and Whitby beat Grantham in Whitby and Bamber Bridge can overturn Stafford in Stafford.
|Home win||Workington||4-1||Sat 12th Jan|
|Away win||Matlock Town||0-2||Tue 1st Jan|
|Home defeat||Farsley Celtic||0-5||Tue 12th Feb|
|Away defeat||Buxton||1-0||Sat 9th Feb|
|Home score||Matlock Town||4-2||Mon 27th Aug|
|Away score||Hyde United||1-3||Sat 13th Oct|