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Match Preview :- Witton Albion - Saturday September 28th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic travel across Cheshire to face Witton Albion (kick off 3). Witton are currently tenth on eleven points, one point and two places above Celtic having played a two games less.

Witton have not lost at home this season, winning all three games without conceding a goal. Their last two games were at home, beating Gainsborough 1-0 most recently, and Hyde United 2-0 prior to that. With a 0-0 away draw at the end of August, they have not conceded a goal since they were beaten 3-0 by Nantwich in their Bank Holiday game. That defeat by Nantwich is their only loss this season, with a 1-0 home win over Mickleover and their opening game 1-1 a draw away at Whitby. Daniel McKenna is their top scorer with three goals. They only have three scorers in total: James Short and Liam Goulding are their other scorers with one a piece. They have scored their five goals at a rate of 0.8 goals per game, 1.3 at home (four goals) and conceded four goals, none at home, at a rate of 0.7 goals per game overall. They have four clean sheets, three at home, and scored in every home game, failing to score twice overall.

We've met Witton a lot over the years. Last season, the away team in both matches won, with Celtic winning 3-1 in our last visit to Witton, and, most recently, Witton winning 2-0 at Bower Fold. The season before, it was the home teams that won both matches, with Witton winning 4-1 at their place and Celtic winning 2-1 at Bower Fold. Since 1994, we've mainly met in the Cheshire Senior Cup, with Celtic winning two, and Witton winning two. Two seasons ago, we beat them in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 in Witton, then winning 2-1 in the replay at home.

In Witton's last match, an FA Cup replay at home to Belper Town, Witton lost 1-0 in extra time inflicting their first home defeat of the season. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Chris Renshaw
2. Jack Byrne
3. James Short
4. Josh Wardle
5. Adam Anson
6. Liam Goulding
7. Danny McKenna
8. Billy Smart
9. Cesaire Lingouba
10. Tom Owens
11. James Murray

Celtic finally came out of their mini-slump beating Grantham Town 3-2 at Bower Fold on Tuesday night. In that match, Celtic lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Ross Dent
5. Mark Lees
6. Chris Smalley
7. Jonathan Ustabasi
8. Nathan Valentine
9. Craig Hobson
10. Darius Osei
11. Harry Freedman

A win for Celtic would see us leapfrog Witton, with a possible top-ten place on offer with three of the four teams within reach (Grantham, Witton, Nantwich and Lancaster), with Nantwich and Lancaster playing each other. A loss, however, could see the three of the four teams below us leapfrog us (Morpeth, FC United, Atherton and Bamber Bridge), with FC United playing Bamber Bridge.

Table
P Pts
10 Stalybridge Celtic 9 13
11 FC United Of Manchester 9 12
12 Witton Albion 7 11
13 Lancaster City 8 11
14 Morpeth Town 6 10
Results
Sat 28 Sep 2019Stalybridge Celtic0-1
Sat 14 Sep 2019Gainsborough Trinity1-0
Tue 03 Sep 2019Hyde United2-0
Sat 31 Aug 2019Scarborough Athletic0-0
Mon 26 Aug 2019Nantwich Town0-3
Goal Scorers
McKenna, Daniel3
Short, James1
Goulding, Liam1
Previous Meetings
Saturday September 28, 2019
0
1
Saturday February 09, 2019
0
2
Tuesday November 06, 2018
1
3
Thursday April 26, 2018
0
5
Tuesday September 19, 2017
4
1
Records
Home win Hyde United2-0Tue 3rd Sep
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat Nantwich Town3-0Mon 26th Aug
Home score Hyde United2-0Tue 3rd Sep
Away score Nantwich Town3-0Mon 26th Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 113
Last Conceded 4n/a2
Last Won 11n/a
Last Drew 4n/a2
Directions
Distance: 35
Time: 45 minutes

From the M60, Junction 4 (M67) go clockwise, towards Stockport.
At Junction 4 (M56) leave the M60 and join the M56.
Stay on the M56 for eight miles leaving junction 10 (Northwich).
Join the A559 (Northwich Road) towards Northwich.
Stay on the A559 for 6 miles - watch for speed cameras! Turn right at the crossroads by the Black Greyhound pub (signposted for Wincham) onto Hall Lane.
After driving for half a mile, you will cross the canal bridge, turn left (signposted for the ground).
The ground is on the left.

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