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Match Preview :- Gloucester City - Saturday September 8th, 2012 (15:00:00)

Gloucester have not had the best start to their season, having won on the opening day against Gainsborough, but lost four and drawn one of their last five games. This has left them in nineteenth in the table with four points, seven points and fourteen places behind Celtic, just off the drop zone.

Last season, Gloucester finished fourteenth, eight places and nineteen points behind sixth placed Celtic, with fifty-two points. They struggled at the tail end of the season, losing seven of their last ten games, including a 2-1 defeat at home to Celtic. Their wins in that period were against relegation threatened Blyth, financially troubled Corby, and Droylsden. Gloucester haven't beaten Celtic in recent times, their best result being a 2-2 draw at Bower Fold, making Gloucester a happy hunting ground for Celtic, with three wins out of the last three at their place, and two wins out of three at Bower Fold.

Darren Edwards was their top scorer last season, with nineteen goals, with Will Morford trailing far behind on ten. This season's top scorer, with two, Darren Mullings, finished third on five last season. All three are still at Gloucester, but apart from his consolation goal at Histon, Edwards has yet to find his form of last season. They've scored five goals this season an average of 0.8 goals per game (0.7 at home) and conceded eleven, at a rate of 1.8 per game (2 at home). They have scored in all but one of their matches, and kept just one clean sheet. Having played Guiseley and Brackley in their last two matches, they have conceded seven goals.

In Gloucester's last match, at home to Brackley Town that they lost 4-1, they lined up as:
1. Mike J Green
2. Mike F Green
3. Tom Hamblin
4. Jordan Tilson
5. Jack Harris
6. Steve Davis
7. Tom Webb
8. Darren Mullings
9. Lewis Hogg
10. George Washbourne
11. Darren Edwards

Celtic will be without Sam Egerton, who is serving his one match ban for the sending off at Colwyn Bay, but apart from this (and Andy Ralph's long term injury), Celtic should be looking at a full squad to choose from. In Celtic's last match, the 3-1 away win at Bradford Park Avenue, Celtic lined up as:
1. Alex Cairns
2. Mark Lees
3. Jonny Lindsey
4. Tim Ryan
5. Joel Bembo-Leta
6. Jordan Barrow
7. Adam Pepper
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Jack Laird
10. Corey Gregory
11. Mitchell Austin

Celtic are one point behind fourth placed Worcester, and one ahead of Halifax and Oxford in sixth and seventh, a win could see us climb a place, while a loss could see us drop back to midtable. The early pace setters are seven points clear with Brackley, Guiseley and Chester all still on one hundred percent this season. At least one will drop points this Saturday as Guiseley visit Chester.

Saturday's fixtures (Celtic are 5th on 11 points):
Bishop's Stortford (14th 6pts) v Vauxhall Motors (16th 6pts)
Bradford Park Avenue (9th 9pts) v Brackley Town (1st 18pts)
Chester City (3rd 18pts) v Guiseley (2nd 18pts)
Colwyn Bay (15th 6pts) v Boston United (13th 6pts)
Droylsden (20th 4pts) v Solihull Moors (18th 4pts)
Gainsborough Trinty (17th 5pts) v Worcester City (4th 12pts)
Hinckley United (21st 3pts) v Halifax Town (6th 10pts)
Histon (12th 7pts) v Harrogate Town (11th 8pts)
Oxford City (7th 10pts) v Altrincham(8th 9pts)
Workington (9th 10pts) v Corby Town (22nd 0pts)

Distance: 138
Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

From the M67 join the M60 towards Stockport.
After 7 miles, leave the M60 at Junction 4 (Chester, M6) to join the M56 Stay on the M56 for 7 miles, coming off at junction 7 (Northwich, M6) to join the A556.
The roundabout can be avoided by using the slip road.
Stay on the A556 for 5 miles to the roundabout with the M6.
Join the M6 southbound (Birmingham) avoiding the roundabout by using the slip road.
Stay on the M6 for 60 miles to junction 8 with the M5.
Join the M5.
Stay on the M5 for 48 miles to junction 10 (A4019, Cheltenham).
Stay on the A4019 for 4 miles turn left onto A435 (Portland Street) following signs for Evesham.
Go through one set of lights and then turn right at the next set onto Wellington Road.
At the mini-roundabout, turn left (exit 2 of 5) onto B4632.
Take the first right onto Whaddon Road, the club is 400 yards on the left.

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