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Match Preview :- Worksop Town - Tuesday March 22nd, 2005 (19:45:00)
Tuesday night sees Celtic make the trip to Worksop Town in their continuing quest of cup glory in the inaugural GLS Conference Cup. Worksop are currently eleventh in the table, nine places above Celtic, but separated by only fourteen points. Though this deficit may be reduced to just four should Worksop face administration.

Having announced huge debts, Worksop are facing an uphill struggle off their field, and may have other things on their mind than the GLS cup. With the threat of a ten point deduction dragging them into the relegation mire, they may be concentrating on the league, allowing Celtic to grab an away victory. However, having had the announcement made prior to their last league match at home to Hinckley United, they seemed adept at putting it out of their minds as they demolished the visitors 3-1.

After a mediocre start to the season, they put together an impressive eleven game unbeaten run that took them to within a whisker of a table topping position, before they went through a barren spell with six games without a win that started a downward trend. Since then, they have hovered around the top part of midtable, just outside the play off spots.

They have got to this stage of the cup after beating Alfreton 1-0 away, Gainsborough 4-1 at home, and Kettering 2-1 away; all excellent victories against (at the time) in-form teams. If they are not taking this competition seriously, then they are giving a false impression!

So, they are quite free scoring in the GLS cup and the same is true in the league as well. In the past six games they have scored eleven goals. Defensively, they are not quite as strong, conceding eleven goals in the same period. They?ve not kept a clean sheet since the start of February when they had a 1-0 win away at Runcorn. They have failed to score only once recently, away at Lancaster.

Celtic have only played Worksop once this season, our opening game of the season when a disastrous second half performance allowed Townsend an opportunity to snatch a draw.

Gary Townsend is in fact, their top scorer; though he hasn?t scored since the end of February he has bagged twelve goals leaving him joint eighth in the goal-scorers league. Simeon Bambrook who has recently taken his place and got into goal scoring mood is rapidly catching him up with four goals in his last three appearances to leave him with eight goals.

Worksop are at their most dangerous on the hour and in the dying moments, scoring thirteen goals in just these two points. Most of their conceding is done in the second half, where there is only a slight spike around the hour mark, otherwise they concede quite evenly. At home they score an average of 1.7 goals per game, whilst conceding 1.1. This is why they have only been beaten five times at home out of the seventeen games played there. Their away form is the reverse, seeing them win only four out of seventeen.

Though both teams will be fielding weakened teams, against Hinckley, Worksop ran out as:
1. Kristian Rogers
2. Steve Nicholson
3. Kevin Davies
4. Brian O?Callaghan
5. Miles Thorpe
6. James Dudgeon
7. Torre Hanson
8. Paul Dempsey
9. Simeon Bambrook
10. Dene Cropper
11. Blake Norton

Celtic will be resting several players, including Craig Dootson who picked up a dead-leg against Lancaster. Against Lancaster, we ran out as:
1. Craig Dootson
2. Grant Black
3. Danny Caldecott
4. Barrie Keeling
5. Paul Sykes
6. Paul Shepherd
7. Steve Smith
8. Scott Bonsall
9. Andy Parton
10. Aron Wilford
11. Nathan Wharton

There may be a start for new signing Andy Haskins, to give the lad a run out, as there is a huge game for Celtic just four days later on Good Friday, when we host Runcorn in what could be termed as a relegation decider. Although this will be a tough game regardless of the teams put out, Celtic?s continued good form could see them win through against a distracted Worksop. We are now twelve games unbeaten we have won our last two games and beaten Halifax 7-3 to get here.

This game is too close to call, but I think Celtic?s mental attitude may just win the day.
Distance: 48
Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Head up Mottram Road towards Mottram.
Join Mottram Road towards Hollingworth.
At the traffic lights with the A57 Woolley 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 41 miles to junction 26 (Nottingham).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A610.
After 2 miles, take the slip road (signposted for Ikea) At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto A6096 (Gin Close Way).
After 1/4 of a mile, there is a roundabout bear right (exit 2 of 3) to stay on the A6096 (Awsworth and Crossal By-pass) After nearly a mile there is a right turn (the first right after the roundabout), turn right here onto Newtons Lane.
This road immediately becomes Awsworth Road, and the ground is the only building on the left hand side.

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