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Match Preview :- Whitby Town - Saturday December 7th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic are back in league action when we host Whitby (kick off 3pm). Whitby are currently twelfth in the league on twenty-one points, seven points and six places behind Celtic although they have played five fewer games.

Whitby had a great start, going on a six game winning streak that lifted them to the number one spot. Since then, they have lost three and drawn two. Their last win was at the end of September, when they beat Ashton 1-0 away. They followed this run up with two losses at home to Matlock and Warrington, before scoring two late goals to half a potential third defeat at home to Nantwich, finishing 3-3. It was another late goal that snatched a draw away at Basford to have that game finish 3-3 also, but there was no such saviour moment in their most recent game, away at Scarborough when they lost 2-1.

With four consecutive clean sheets, they currently hold the league record, meaning they conceded seven in their opening eight games, but since then have conceded a further twelve in their last five making nineteen in total (ten away). On average, they concede an average of 1.5 goals per game (1.7 away from home). Those four clean sheets are all their shutouts for the season, with two of them coming on the road. At the other end, their top scorer is Bradley Fewster, with seven, contributing to twenty-three total goals (thirteen away), scored at an average of 1.8 goals per game (2.2 away). They have only failed to score once on the road, back at the start of the season when they lost 2-0 to Gainsborough, but have also failed to score in two home matches (Warrington and Matlock).

Whitby have had the edge in the last two years; in the four meetings, they have won three of them. Last season, they won both encounters, 1-0 at Bower Fold and 2-1 in Whitby. The season before, it was honours even, with the home teams winning both matches, so Celtic's last win over Whitby was a 3-1 win in 2017 with goals from John Cofie, Ross Killock and Liam Dickinson. In ten visits, Celtic have won four, Whitby four and there have been two draws..

Whitby's last match was the 1-0 away defeat in Scarborough. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Shane Bland
2. Bradley Mils
3. Jake Hackett
4. Kieran Weledji
5. Luke Bythway
6. Jassem Sukar
7. Matthew Dixon
8. Adam Gell
9. Aaran Wearmouth
10. Daniel Rowe

Celtic's last game was our 2-0 home win over Altrincham in the Cheshire Senior Cup. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Ross Dent
5. Stephen O'Halloran
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Anthony Whitehead
9. Neil Kengni
10. Darius Osei
11. Jonathan Ustabasi

Craig Hobson was rested against Altrincham after picking up a knock against Buxton. He should be fit for Saturday's game against Whitby.

A win for could put us back into the top five, with Warrington (away at South Shields), Basford (at home to Ashton) and Radcliffe (away at Stafford) all within three points, though Celtic need to improve their goal difference in order to catch Warrington and Basford. Four teams are within reach of Celtic should we lose, with Witton (at home to Grantham), FC United (at home to Matlock), Nantwich (away at Morpeth) and Hyde (away at Atherton) all hot on our heels..

Table
P Pts
12 Scarborough Athletic 20 24
13 Morpeth Town 13 22
14 Whitby Town 14 21
15 Matlock Town 17 21
16 Grantham Town 17 21
Results
Sat 07 Dec 2019Stalybridge Celtic1-2
Sat 30 Nov 2019Scarborough Athletic1-2
Sat 16 Nov 2019Basford United3-3
Sat 02 Nov 2019Nantwich Town3-3
Sat 12 Oct 2019Warrington Town0-1
Goal Scorers
Fewster, Bradley7
Rowe, Daniel3
Tymon, Matthew3
Wearmouth, Arran3
Hopson, Dale2
Previous Meetings
Saturday December 07, 2019
2
1
Tuesday April 02, 2019
0
1
Tuesday September 11, 2018
2
1
Tuesday October 03, 2017
3
1
Tuesday August 15, 2017
4
1
Records
Home win Hyde United2-0Sat 14th Sep
Away win Grantham Town0-4Sat 31st Aug
Home defeat Matlock Town0-3Sat 28th Sep
Away defeat Gainsborough Trinity2-0Tue 20th Aug
Home score Nantwich Town3-3Sat 2nd Nov
Away score Buxton3-4Sat 24th Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 643
Last Drew 111
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