On Saturday, Celtic travel to Bromsgrove to face Worcester City. Kick off 3pm. Worcester are currently sixteenth in the league, five places and seven points ahead of Celtic. There will be a match centre for this game.
Worcester have a top half of the table conceding rate, conceding twenty goals in thirteen matches so far this season, but have a bottom half scoring rate with nineteen goals scored. Even so, they have scored ten more goals than Celtic. Though they have won three games, they have only won once at home, a 5-3 defeat of Alfreton at the start of September. Gloucester, Chorley and Nuneaton have all beaten them, whilst they have drawn with Harrogate and Gainsborough. Worcester have not kept a clean sheet at home this season, though they have kept three on their travels. The last of these clean sheets was a 0-0 away draw at Boston.
Their top scorer this campaign is Lee Hughes, who has eight goals. They are scoring an average of 2.2 goals per game at home, conceding 2.3 goals per game at home. Away, they are scoring and conceding 0.9 goals per game. They have only been leading at half time once this season, it was the Alfreton game they went onto win. When drawing at half time, they have gone on to lose three of four, and in the one match they were losing at half time, they lost.
Celtic don't have the best of records against Worcester. Though we beat them 3-1 at home last season, they beat us 5-0 at their place. Our last win away against them was a 2-1 win in October 2012. In the last ten visits to whichever ground they were calling home at the time, Celtic have won two, lost five and drawn three.
In Worcester's last match, the 0-0 draw away at Boston, they lined up as:
1. Ryan Boot
2. Andy Gallinagh
3. Graham Hutchison
4. Sam Oji
5. Tyler Weir
6. Chekaine Steele
7. Joe Fitzpatrick
8. Junior English
9. Micah Evans
10. Lee Hughes
11. Ebby Nelson-Addy
In Celtic's last match, the 2-0 home defeat to Altrincham, we lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Tony Ryan
3. Danny Wisdom
4. Keil O'Brien
5. Jay Gorton
6. Matty Hughes
7. Brian Summerskill
8. Gary Gee
9. Andy Owens
10. Danny Wilkins
11. Adam Mather
Celtic have not won in the league since our home win against Gainsborough at the start of September. We've not won in the league away since the start of August when we beat Boston. We've had four losses on the bounce in the league, scoring two and conceding ten. This has to change and soon. We are now six points adrift in the bottom three. This weekend sees a much reduced program due to other teams being involved in the FA Cup. This is a chance to reduce the gap, and we could move up a place, with Altrincham not having a league match, though a loss could see us go bottom if Bradford also beat Chorley.
Other matches on Saturday:
AFC Fylde (31pts 1st) v Nuneaton Town (13pts 15th)
AFC Telford (12pts 19th) v FC United of Manchester (14pts 14th)
Bradford Park Avenue (4pts 22nd) v Chorley (26pts 4th)
Darlington (27pts 3rd) v Gainsborough Trinity (15pts 13th)
Salford City (22pts 7th) v Boston United (15pts 12th)
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 64 miles to junction 8 (M5, the South).
Join the M5.
Stay on the M5 for 13 miles to junction 4 (A38, Bromsgrove).
Take the second exit onto Halesowen Road (A38).
Stay on the A38 for 3 miles to a set of lights with Birmingham Road (signposted Bromsgrove North / Minor Injuries Unit).
Turn right here using the filter lane.
The club is on the right after about a mile.