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Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Saturday February 15th, 2020 (3:00PM)
On Saturday (kick off 3pm), Celtic head to Lincolnshire to face Gainsborough Trinity. Despite being the league's in form team, Gainsborough are currently sixteenth in the league on thirty-five points, now only four points and eight places below Celtic, with three games in hand.

Gainsborough are now eleven games unbeaten, with seven wins and four draws. Their last defeat was a 3-2 home defeat to Scarborough at the start of December. Their last home match was a 1-0 win over Basford at the start of February, making that three wins from three at home in their last three matches. Their most recent match was a 3-3 away draw with Buxton, racing into a three goal lead only for Buxton to pull it back. They are so low in the table because in October, they were bottom of the league and looking certain for relegation with only two wins in their opening eighteen matches.

Their change in fortunes coincided with losing their star striker, Ashley Worsfold, he has since been replaced at the top of their scoring chart by Simon Russell, who has six goals. Six different players have all found the net three times, this season, with goals coming from all over the pitch. On average they score 1.4 goals per home game and 1.6 overall, scoring eighteen in total at the Northolme, from forty-overall. Over half of those goals have come in the last ten matches. At the other end, they concede at a rate of 1.2 goals per game at home from 1.5 overall, conceding fifteen goals at home from forty-overall. They have kept six clean sheets, five at home and three in their last ten matches, most recently, their home game against Basford. Though they have failed to score seven times, five at home, the last time they failed to score was just before Christmas when Nantwich held them to a goalless draw at the Northolme.

Over the last thirty years, we've visited Gainsborough twenty-six times, putting them in contention for our most visited ground. Trinity have won eight of those encounters and Celtic seven, with eleven draws. In all those visits there was only ever one goalless draw, back in 2004. The last time we visited, in February last year, we lost 1-0, with Ashley Worsfold grabbing a late goal after Celtic had done everything but score. IT's been seven years since we won at the Northolme, when we won 2-0 thanks to Adam Pepper and Sean McConville. We've visited four times since then, with Gainsborough winning three of them.

Trinity's last match was the 3-3 away draw at Buxton. In that match they lined up as:
1. George Willis
2. James Williamson
3. Jamie Green
4. Kingsley James
5. Will Thornton
6. Nathan Stainfield
7. Nicky Walker
8. Michael Williams
9. Gregg Smith
10. Alex Wiles
11. Jordan Adebayo-Smith

In Celtic's last match, the 1-1 away draw with Stafford, Celtic lined up as: 1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Kallum Mantack 3. Scott Metcalfe
4. Max Taylor
5. Stephen O'Halloran
6. Chris Smalley
7. Adam O'Reilly
8. Patrick Lacey
9. Craig Hobson
10. Declan Walker
11. Jonathan Ustabasi

Ross Dent is unlikely to feature after picking up an injury. Scott Bakkor rolled his ankle against Gainsborough Trinity but after a ten day rest should be fit. Jon Ustabasi is back though, as is Craig Hobson.

There is a full fixture list, weather permitting, on Saturday, and Celtic desperately need to get their first win of 2020, against a team topping the form table. We are within three points of only Scarborough (at home to Bamber Bridge) who are on forty-one points. With only one win our last twelve, the cashing pack have caught up to Celtic, and seven teams are now within three points of us. Morpeth and Hyde play each other, Witton (away at Matlock), Whitby at home to Stafford, Mickleover (away at Lancaster), Bamber Bridge (away at Scarborough) and Radcliffe (at home to Buxton) could see us drop six places, should we lose!

Table
P Pts
14 Bamber Bridge 31 37
15 Radcliffe 28 36
16 Gainsborough Trinity 28 35
17 Ashton United 25 29
18 Buxton 29 28
Results
Sat 15 Feb 2020Stalybridge Celtic1-3
Sat 08 Feb 2020Buxton3-3
Tue 04 Feb 2020Stalybridge Celtic2-1
Sat 01 Feb 2020Basford United1-0
Sat 25 Jan 2020Atherton Collieries3-1
Goal Scorers
Russell, Simon6
Worsfold, Ashley5
Smith, Gregg4
Smith, Gregory4
Hannah, Ross3
Previous Meetings
Saturday February 15, 2020
1
3
Tuesday February 04, 2020
1
2
Saturday February 16, 2019
1
0
Saturday September 29, 2018
2
1
Saturday January 21, 2017
2
2
Records
Home win Bamber Bridge4-1Tue 1st Oct
Away win Grantham Town1-5Thu 26th Dec
Home defeat Atherton Collieries0-2Sat 12th Oct
Away defeat Ashton United3-1Sat 19th Oct
Home score Lancaster City2-4Sat 31st Aug
Away score Basford United4-3Sat 5th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 121
Last Won 212
Last Drew 151
Directions
Distance: 67
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Head up Mottram Road towards Mottram.
Join Mottram Road towards Hollingworth.
At the traffic lights with the A57 Woolly Lane towards Glossop, continue straight ahead towards Hollingworth and Tintwistle.
After the lights the road becomes the A628.
Stay on the A628 and it will become the Woodhead pass.
After about 14 miles, you will reach the Flouch roundabout.
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A616 (signposted M1).
After 9 miles you will reach another roundabout, go straight across (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A616.
After 1 1/2 miles you will reach the M1.
Join the M1 going southbound towards London.
Stay on the M1 for 10 miles to junction 32 (M18, The North, Doncaster, Hull).
Join the M18 towards the North, and leave at Junction 1 (A631, Rotherham).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right towards Bawtry onto the A631.
Stay on the A631 following signs for Bawtry.
There are a couple of doglegs, t-junctions and roundabouts, but just keep on the A631 for about 22 miles until you reach the set of traffic lights after the oil depot with a dual carriageway ahead and a railway bridge going over the top.
Turn left here onto the A159 (Trinity Street), signposted for Gainsborough.
You will pass a large Tesco on the right, about half a mile further, there is a Total Petrol Station on the left hand side of the road - the ground is on the opposite side.
Parking is street based and limited.

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