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Match Preview :- Hyde United - Thursday December 26th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Thursday, Celtic play their final game of the year on our Boxing Day fixture when we visit Hyde United. Hyde are currently two points and one place behind seventh Celtic in eighth on thirty points, though they have played a game more.

After a great start to the season, winning five of their opening seven matches, Hyde topped the league table for a week, but then went into a downward plummet that saw them go nine games without a win, losing five and drawing four that saw them fall fourteen places. They have recovered somewhat since and have only lost once in their last six games, winning three and drawing the other two. Their most recent game was a 4-1 away demolition of Basford, ending a run of three games without a win. Hyde's last home matches have both ended in draws, most recently a 1-1 draw with Gainsborough Trinity.

Former Celtic defender, Liam Tongue is currently sharing the lead goal-scorers chart alongside Daniel Turner, both of whom have seven goals. They have the third best attack in the league, with only FC United and Lancaster scoring more, with Hyde scoring thirty-eight goals this season (sixteen away from home) at a rate of 1.8 goals per game (1.3 on the road). They have failed to score in four away matches (once at home) and have kept one clean sheet away from Ewen Fields (from four in total), in their second away match at South Shields, which they won 1-0. They have conceded in every game since, conceding thirty-four in total (twenty-one of which came on their travels) at a rate of 1.5 goals per game (1.8 away).Twenty-two of their thirty-eight goals have come in the second half, whilst they have conceded fifteen of their thirty-four goals in the last twenty minutes.

In the last thirty years, Celtic have visited Ewen Fields twenty-eight times, winning fourteen of them and losing ten, with four draws. In the last five years, we've visited Hyde five times; Hyde won the last three visits (including a friendly in 2017), and Celtic winning once back in 2014, with the other game a 2-2 draw in the Ray Stanley trophy. We last visited at the end of the 2018/19 season, losing 1-0, adding to the 2-2 draw on Boxing Day at Bower Fold and our 4-2 loss at Ewen Fields in the League Cup. Our last win there was a 4-2 win, Boxing Day 2014 when a certain young Dominic Calvert-Lewin (currently second top scorer at Premiership side, Everton with seven this season) found his stride to score two and make two for Kevin Holsgrove and Paul Ennis.

Hyde's last match was a 4-1 away win at Basford, in which they lined up as:
1. Luke Mewitt
2. Bradley Roscoe
3. Kyle Brownhill
4. Liam Tongue
5. Tom Dean
6. Jordan Fagabola
7. Connor Hughes
8. Alex Starcenko
9. Dan Turner
10. Tom Pratt
11. Paddy Lane

Celtic's last game was our 3-1 home defeat to Mickleover. 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. Craig Hobson
10. Darius Osei
11. Jonathan Ustabasi

Alex Fojtíček is still eligible to play, after his red card against Mickleover (it kicks in on New Year's day), whilst Mark Lees has joined Moseley. Also now in the Hyde line up are former Celts Aidan Winterbottom, Connor Hughes and Liam Tongue.

As well as being vital to get past the wobble of the last two games and to get back to winning ways against Hyde, a win for Celtic could lift us to fourth, with Radcliffe (at home to Atherton), FC United (away at Ashton on Saturday) and Warrington (at home to Witton) all within two points of us, whilst Basford (away at Mickleover) are within three points but have a better goal difference. A loss would definitely see Hyde leapfrog us, with Witton (away at Warrington) also in position to push us down to ninth.

P Pts
8 Nantwich Town 19 31
9 Witton Albion 21 31
10 Hyde United 23 30
11 Scarborough Athletic 23 30
12 Morpeth Town 16 28
Thu 26 Dec 2019Stalybridge Celtic1-2
Sat 21 Dec 2019Basford United4-1
Sat 14 Dec 2019Gainsborough Trinity1-1
Sat 07 Dec 2019Atherton Collieries1-2
Sat 30 Nov 2019Witton Albion0-0
Goal Scorers
Tongue, Liam7
Turner, Daniel7
Pratt, Tom4
Dyche, Jack4
Sharp, Chris4
Previous Meetings
Thursday December 26, 2019
Monday April 22, 2019
Wednesday December 26, 2018
Tuesday September 18, 2018
Saturday July 15, 2017
Home win Stafford Rangers4-0Sat 31st Aug
Away win Basford United1-4Sat 21st Dec
Home defeat Mickleover FC2-3Tue 1st Oct
Away defeat Warrington Town4-1Sat 2nd Nov
Home score Ashton United3-3Sat 28th Sep
Away score Basford United1-4Sat 21st Dec
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 131
Last Drew 212
Distance: 5
Time: 10 minutes

Head down Mottram Road away from Bower Fold to the traffic lights at the t-junction with Acres Lane.
Turn left onto Acres Lane and follow it to the lights at the top of the hill near Morrisons.
Turn left onto Birch Lane, heading towards Hyde.
At the traffic lights with the Duke of Sussex pub on the left, go straight through.
At the next set of lights on Mottram Road, turn right.
Turn left onto Lumn Road at the next set of lights before reaching Morrisons, signposted for the leisure pool.
After approx.
200 yards you will come to a give-way sign, turn left onto Walker Lane, after approx.
50 yards you will see Hyde Leisure Pool on your left.
The entrance to Ewen Field is to the right hand side of the pool.

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