On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to Buxton for the third meeting in ten days, this time for the FA Trophy replay (kick off 7:45pm). Buxton are currently ninth on twenty-five points, two places and one point below Celtic. Buxton have only lost one home match this season, a 2-1 defeat by Lancaster, with five wins and a draw. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
The previous round, Buxton drew 3-3 at home to Kings Lynn, before winning the replay 2-1 in extra time, this time they have drawn away 0-0 with Celtic, and it’s Celtic that must travel in the replay. In the league, they have not won in their last five games, losing 4-0 away at Scarborough, but having four draws, including the last match, the 1-1 draw with Celtic, Neil Kengni cancelling out the somewhat controversial own goal by Michael Clarke. Their last win was at the start of October when they beat Grantham at home, their last home match was a 2-2 draw with North Ferriby whilst their loss to Lancaster was at the end of September, giving them a last five home record of three wins, a draw and a loss.
Two thirds of their goals have come at home, whilst only five of their conceded seventeen goals have at home, using their plastic pitch to their advantage. On average, they score 1.7 goals per game at home and concede 0.7 goals per game at home, keeping four of their five clean sheets at home, scoring in every match at home. They do not have a head and shoulders leader in the goals chart, with Diego De Girolamo just ahead on four goals, and three different players on three goals each.
Buxton’s last competitive win at home against Celtic was back in 1989, when they won 2-1 in the Northern Premier League. Celtic’s last visit there, last season, was a 2-2 draw, when Buxton came back from a halftime two goal deficit to draw, whilst our last win there was in 1992, when we won 2-1. In our last five visits, we have won one, lost two and drawn two.
In the original tie, Buxton’s lined up as:
1. Theo Roberts
2. Ash Young
3. Josh Meade
4. Scott Sephton
5. Greg Young
6. Tom Dean
7. Oli Roberts
8. Gary Gee
9. Brad Grayson
10. Callum Chippendale
11. Jude Oyibo
In the same match, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Chris Smalley
5. Danny Brady 6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharp
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Ross Dent
Celtic are just about injury free ahead of the match, whilst Buxton will likely line up roughly similar to the first tie, due to injuries and suspensions.
Celtic’s record on plastic pitches is, to be frank, appalling. Hopefully this can change and see Celtic through to the next round; Buxton’s away tactics seem to be to park the bus; judging by the stats, at home they play very differently.
|1||De Girolamo, Diego||3||1||4||0||4|
|Home win||Stafford Rangers||4-1||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away win||Mickleover Sports||1-3||Sat 1st Sep|
|Home defeat||Lancaster City||1-2||Sat 29th Sep|
|Away defeat||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|
|Home score||Stafford Rangers||4-1||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away score||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|