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Match Preview :- Basford United - Monday September 9th, 2019 (19:45:00)

On Monday night, Celtic travel to Basford in the league (kick off 7:45pm). Basford are currently sixth in the Northern Premier League Premier six places and three points ahead of Celtic having played two games more.

Last season, Basford finished seventh, ten places and twenty-three points above Celtic having won eighteen, drawn seven and lost fifteen, they were five points off a play-off place having finished the season strongly with just one loss in their last ten matches, drawing five and winning four. They have played at home three times this season, winning two and losing their opening home match 1-0 against Matlock, beating Lancaster 4-1 and Radcliffe 1-0. After beating Hyde 3-2 on the opening day, they have lost 1-0 to Grantham and drawn 0-0 at Stafford.

Last season's top scorer, Nathan Watson who scored twenty goals, is still with the club, scoring once so far this season. This season's current top scorer with two, is Courey Grantham who finished last season on three. Last season they scored eighty-two goals (fifty-two at home) at a rate of two goals per game (2.6 per game at home), whilst conceding sixty-seven goals (thirty-four at home) at a rate of 1.7 goals per game keeping nine clean sheets (five at home) and failing to score six times (three at home). So far this season, they have scored eight (five at home) at a rate of 1.3 goals per game (1.7 at home) and conceded five (two at home) at a rate of 0.8 goals per game (0.7 at home), keeping two clean sheets (one at home) and failing to score three times (once at home).

We've met Basford twice, both times last season, losing in both matches. Our visit to a very windy Basford saw us lose 5-2, whilst they piled the pressure on Celtic in the season run in by beating us 2- 0 at Bower Fold with Matty Wolfenden and Scott Bakkor getting Celtic's goals.

Basford's most recent match was in the FA Cup, exiting at the first hurdle when they lost away at Matlock Town. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Kieran Preston
2. Josh Law
3. Dominic Roma
4. Lewis Carr
5. Brad Gascoigne
6. Kane Richards
7. Steve Chettle
8. Nathan Watson
9. Matthew Thornhill
10. Jamie Walker

Celtic had their first change of the season when we exited the FA Cup at the hands of Marine, that game finishing 2-0. Craig Hobson was serving the first of his three match bans. Monday night will be the second. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Anthony Whitehead
5. Mark Lees
6. Stephen O'Halloran
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Ross Dent
9. Liam MacDevitt
10. Nathan Valentine
11. Neil Kengni

Celtic are three points behind Basford, with two goals in hand, we already have a superior goal difference, so Monday night could see us leapfrog Basford if we win. A win by two goals would put us in the top five, also overtaking South Shields.

Table
P Pts
1 Matlock Town 6 14
2 Whitby Town 6 13
3 Basford United 7 13
4 Warrington Town 6 13
5 Hyde United 6 12
Results
Mon 09 Sep 2019Stalybridge Celtic3-0
Tue 03 Sep 2019Stafford Rangers0-0
Sat 31 Aug 2019Radcliffe1-0
Mon 26 Aug 2019Grantham Town0-1
Sat 24 Aug 2019Lancaster City4-1
Goal Scorers
Watson, Nathan3
Grantham, Courey2
Richards, Kane1
Carvel, James1
Thornhill, Matthew1
Previous Meetings
Saturday October 24, 2020
0
1
Saturday January 18, 2020
2
3
Monday September 09, 2019
3
0
Saturday April 06, 2019
0
2
Saturday October 13, 2018
5
2
Records
Home win Lancaster City4-1Sat 24th Aug
Away win Hyde United2-3Sat 17th Aug
Home defeat Matlock Town0-1Mon 19th Aug
Away defeat Grantham Town1-0Mon 26th Aug
Home score Lancaster City4-1Sat 24th Aug
Away score Hyde United2-3Sat 17th Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 213
Last Conceded 322
Last Won 213
Last Drew 332
Directions
Distance: 71
Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Take the Woodhead Pass (A629) to Flouch Roundabout and turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A628 towards the M1.
After 8 miles, at Westwood roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the A616 towards the M1 South.
After a mile, join the M1 southbound and stay on the M1 for 40 miles to junction 26 (A610) towards Nottingham.
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A610 and at the next roundabout, go straight (exit 3 of 6) to stay on the A610.
After a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (first exit) onto Cinderhill Road.
At the next roundabout, turn right (3 of 4) onto Bagnall Road.
After half a mile, turn left onto Greenwich Avenue, and the club is straight ahead.

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