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Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Tuesday October 20th, 2020 (19:45:00)

On Tuesday, Celtic make the long journey to Gainsborough for a 7:45pm kick off. Gainsborough have started this season’s campaign with two wins and two losses, beating both Hyde and Whitby at home, and losing away at Warrington and at home to Witton. Tickets can be purchased through the Gainsborough website or pay on the gate.

Gainsborough are currently twelfth in the table, but have played a game less than those around them, sitting currently 9 places and four points above Celtic. Last season, they stopped with a game in hand on Celtic, above us by one place on goal difference only, both teams with 42 points. Trinity were on the rise, having had a torrid start to last season, winning just twice before Christmas, beating Bamber Bridge and Whitby at the Northolme. Christmas saw a turnaround of fortune for the Lincolnshire outfit, and they went on a run that saw them only lose twice more with 9 wins and 3 draws over this monumental run. Their two losses were both at home to South Shields and Celtic. Trinity went out of the FA Cup away at Mansfield, losing 3-0.

Last season, they scored 24 goals at home from 53 in total, at a rate of 1.5 goals per game (1.7 overall) and failing to score in 5 home match from 7 overall, though they have scored in all three home matches this season. Their top scorers were Gregg Smith and Simon Russell, both with 7. This season, Rod Orlando Young is their danger man, so far scoring 5, including 4 of their 6 goals over Whitby. Defensively, they conceded 23 goals at home from 50 in total, at a rate of 1.4 goals a game (1.6 overall) and keeping 5 clean sheets at home and 2 on the road.

Over the last 32 years, the two teams have met an incredible 54 times, with Celtic making 26 trips to the Northolme. In that time, we have won 8, including our last visit in the season that never was when we won 3-1, despite going down to 10 men, with Patrick Lacey and Jonathan Ustabasi giving Celtic a two goal cushion and Scott Bakkor finishing Trinity off in stoppage time. Gainsborough’s last win over us was just two weeks before our win against them. Two quick fire goals from Gregg Smith and Jordon Odoby-Smith cancelled out Adam O'Reilly's opener. 

At Northolme, their last win against us was the season before, when they won 1-0 with a break-away goal against the run of play. That brought their wins over us at Northolme up to 8. We have had 10 draws there, the most recent of which was the last time the two teams met in the Conference North, the game finishing 2-2 with Kieran Dunbar and Fraser Horsfall putting Celtic in front after a world-beating free kick in the opening minutes had given the hosts the lead. Celtic dropped two points after a scrambled equaliser in the last few minutes.

In Trinity’s last match, the 3-1 home defeat against Witton, Gainsborough lined up as:
1. Tom Jackson
2. Matty Dixon
3. Harrison Foulstone
4. Kamarl Grant
5. Simon Ainge
6. Jake Scott
7. Tyler Hamilton
8. AJ Greaves
9. Reco Fyfe
10. Luke Lofts
11. Rod Orlando-Young

Celtic’s last match was the 1-1 away draw with Atherton, in which Celtic lined up as:
1. Tom Stewart
2. Kallum Mantack
3. James Ellison
4. Scott Sephton
5. Stephen O’Halloran
6. Matty Makinson
7. Jonathan Ustabasi
8. Charley Doyle
9. Will Goodwin
10. Callum Harris
11. Nico Evangelinos

Celtic have brought in James Ellison, a fullback from Marine, on loan to help shore up the injury crisis. He join’s Barnsley's Jordan Helliwell covering the fullback roles, although Freddie Sass could return this week. Mike Burke has been self-isolating and Chester loanee Will Goodwin picked up an injury in the draw vs Atherton. 

Table
P Pts
8 Mickleover FC 6 10
9 Nantwich Town 5 9
10 Gainsborough Trinity 5 9
11 South Shields 7 9
12 FC United Of Manchester 5 7
Results
Tue 20 Oct 2020Stalybridge Celtic3-2
Sat 17 Oct 2020Witton Albion1-3
Tue 29 Sep 2020Whitby Town5-1
Sat 26 Sep 2020Warrington Town0-3
Sat 19 Sep 2020Hyde United2-0
Goal Scorers
Orlando-Young, Rod5
Fyfe, Reco2
Fyfe, Reece1
Woolford, Martyn1
Smith, Gregg1
Previous Meetings
Tuesday October 20, 2020
3
2
Saturday February 15, 2020
1
3
Tuesday February 04, 2020
1
2
Saturday February 16, 2019
1
0
Saturday September 29, 2018
2
1
Records
Home win Whitby Town5-1Tue 29th Sep
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Witton Albion1-3Sat 17th Oct
Away defeat Warrington Town3-0Sat 26th Sep
Home score Whitby Town5-1Tue 29th Sep
Away score Warrington Town3-0Sat 26th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 11n/a
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 22n/a
Last Drew 111
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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