With Hucknall playing in the league, it looked like a blank Saturday for Celtic. The management had other ideas, and have arranged a friendly with Yorkshire based Ossett Town (weather permitting). Town are currently seventeenth in the Unibond Premier, with seven wins in thirty games, a mere point above the relegation zone.
Both teams cannot afford to allow a Saturday to pass without a game, hence the reason for the friendly. Ossett Town is one of two football teams sharing a small catchments area, the other being Ossett Albion. Make sure, if you go, that you go to the right one! The two sides are rivals, and Albion are currently on top (despite being in a division below) after knocking Town out of the West Riding County Cup.
Town's last match was a nil-nil home tie with Burscough. We have to go back to the end of November for Ossett's last win, at home to Leek Town. That win was the last in a six match unbeaten run that started at the end of October with a 2-0 win over Stocksbridge Park Steels. They did get a draw recently at Guiseley, but Witton Albion, Bamber Bridge and (yes) Hyde United have all come away from Ossett with a win. Their best win this season was at home to Bridlington, where they won 5-1. They haven't scored for 225 minutes of football!
In their last five games (home and away), they've scored twice, kept two clean sheets, and conceded six goals. In their last five home matches, they've scored six goals and conceded ten, conceding in all except one. Currently they stand on thirty-nine goals, forty-seven conceded. They should prove a stern test for the defence and attack in this friendly fixture then.
Their top scorers are James Nester and Steve Price both on eight, with Jamie Walshaw right on their heals with seven. On average, they score 1.3 goals per game, whilst conceding 1.6. They score most freely in the last quarter of an hour of each half, with sixteen goals in the first half in this period, and fifteen in the second half. Conceding wise, it's the last ten minutes of the first half (twelve) and from an hour onwards (thirty-four).
Ossett Town's last team against Burscough is difficult to find, but as it is a friendly game, neither side are likely to play anything similar, with both sides interesting in keeping players fresh, rather than anything else. To this end, the friendly is just right, at the right time. Win, lose or draw ? it's going to be a show.