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Match Preview :- Corby Town - Saturday March 17th, 2012 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic entertain Corby Town (Kick off 3pm). Corby are currently eleventh in the table on forty-two points, five places and twelve points behind sixth placed Celtic. There will be a live match centre for this game.

After a good start to the season with four losses in the opening sixteen games, Corby have had just three wins in the last sixteen. This has seen them fall from the play-off spot that they occupied for a week in October, to their current mid-table spot. With one win in their last six, they are nervously looking over their shoulder at the teams below them as they are now closer to the bottom three than the top five. Their most recent win was away at Hinckley, whom they beat 3-0 at the end of February. Their previous wins were in January and both 2-1 wins away at Blyth and Solihull. Their most recent game as a 2-3 loss at home to Worcester, with their previous two games away ay Harrogate and Nuneaton, both of which they lost 2-6 and 0-2 respectively. The 2-6 is the highest away loss in the league.

We last met Corby earlier this season, when we beat Corby for the first time. The final result was 2-1 for Celtic, with Connor Jennings and Phil Marsh both on the score sheet. Corby have never lost at Bower Fold, drawing their last match 1-1. Prior to that, they won 2-1 in the FA trophy in January 2010 and 3-1 in August 2009. The automated prediction algorithm has spotted the pattern of Corby's visits of 3-1, 2-1 and 1-1, and is predicting a 2-1 win for Celtic.

Corby's top scorer is Matt Rheade, who is no longer with the club. His eight goals may still earn him the golden boot with three players behind him on four goals apiece: Delroy Gordon, Andy Hall and Gregg Smith. There is a fourth player with four goals, Nick Rogan. Corby are most dangerous half way through the first half when they have scored twelve goals, and in the dying minutes when they have scored thirteen of their fifty-two goals this season. Their most vulnerable period is around half time when they have conceded thirteen goals and the dying minutes when they have conceded nine of their forty-nine goals this season. On average they score 1.6 goals per game (1.5 away) and concede 1.5 goals per game (1.1 away).

Corby have been suffering for numbers of late, but will be giving fitness tests to several key players, including Phil Gulliver and Leon Hibbert, with Mark Jones and Sam Mullarkey also ready to return. Corby have no players suspended for the match, and in their last game, the 3-2 home defeat to Worcester City, lined up as:
1. Fabian Speiss
2. Delroy Gordon
3. Steve Towers
4. Paul Malone
5. Paul Mayo
6. Andy Hall
7. James Ozmen
8. Tom McGowan
9. Tyon Amory
10. Gary King
11. Gregg Smith

Kristian Platt's suspension for his red card against Altrincham doesn't kick in until the 20th of March, so Jim Harvey will have a full squad to choose from ahead of the game. Celtic beat Winsford United in their last match, but in Celtic's last league match, the 3-2 away loss at Boston United, Celtic lined up as: 1. Jan Budtz
2. Jack Rea
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Rhys Meynell
5. Kristian Platt
6. Callum Warburton
7. Ollie Banks
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Phil Marsh
10. Craig Hobson
11. Stephen Brogan

Celtic are only just ahead of Worcester (one point) and Altrincham (two points) so need a win to ensure that we don't fall to eighth. However, we are only one point behind Gainsborough and three behind Halifax, with a better goal difference). Thus a win could lift us back into fourth spot, depending on the results of their games this weekend. Halifax have a tough game with Gloucester City visiting, but should win, whilst Gainsborough should pick up a regulation win at relegation threatened Vauxhall. Altrincham have to visit Boston United, in what should be an interesting match, and could define both teams' run-ins. The tie of the round is Hyde away at Nuneaton.

Other matches this weekend:
Boston United (49pts 9th) v Altrincham (52pts 8th)
Colwyn Bay (48pts 10th) v Hinckley United (36pts 19th)
Eastwood Town (20pts 22nd) v Harrogate (39pts 17th)
Halifax Town (57pts 4th) v Gloucester City (42pts 12th)
Guiseley (pts th) v Histon (pts th)
Nuneaton Town (60pts 2nd) v Hyde (71pts 1st)
Solihull Moors (41pts 14th) v Blyth Spartans (26pts 21st)
Vauxhall Motors (34pts 20th) v Gainsborough Trinity (55pts 5th)
Worcester City (53pts 7th) v Droylsden (40pts 16th)
Workington (38pts 18th) v Bishop's Stortford (42pts 13th)

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