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Match Preview :- Basford United - Saturday January 18th, 2020 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic host Basford United for a top of the table clash (kick off 3pm). Basford are currently third in the table on forty-two points, five points and three places above sixth placed Celtic, though they have played two games fewer.

In the league, Basford have lost just once in their last six (4-1 at home to Hyde), winning three, including their most recent match (3-0 at home to Bamber Bridge) and their most recent away match (1-0 over Matlock). Matlock exacted some measure of revenge when they went to Basford in the League Cup on Tuesday, smashing five without reply past Basford. Back in the league, they have lost five times all season, three of these coming away from home and are flying, having been in the top five for most of the season.

Their away form is down on their home form by a little, with twenty-three from thirty-three points at home and from nineteen from thirty-six points away. They scored their forty-one goals (sixteen away) at a rate of 1.8 goals per game (1.3 away) with Nathan Watson leading the goal scoring chart on nine, just ahead of Courey Grantham on seven. They have failed to score in four away games (from six overall) going on to lose three of them and get a goalless draw at Stafford in the other. Their twenty-nine conceded goals (fourteen away) have come at a rate of 1.3 goals per game overall (1.2 away), and they have kept two clean sheets on the road from six overall. They have the fourth best attack and the fourth best defence in the league.

Celtic have played Basford three times: twice last season and once this season. They have beaten us in each game, the most recent a 3-0 win for Basford at their place. Their last visit here was a 2-0 win for Basford.

Basford's last match was the 5-0 home defeat by Matlock in the cup. In that match they lined up as:
1. Kieran Preston
2. Liam Bateman
3. Cieron Keane
4. Josh Law
5. Lewis Carr
6. Brad Gascoigne
7. Rev James
8. Jack Thomas
9. Courey Grantham
10. Nathan Watson
11. James Carvell

Celtic's last match was the 3-0 defeat away to Atherton. 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. Jonathon Ustabasi

Craig Hobson has missed the past few matches through injury. Though he should be fit soon, it's unlikely he'll feature on Saturday. Basford's entry in the former Celtic player tally is Stefan Galinski, who played twenty-three games in the 14/15 season.

If Celtic win, we could go fifth, as Warrington Town are within three points, though they are away at Stafford and the bookies favourites to win. We would also reduce the gap to Basford to two points, bringing them within reach. A loss, on the other hand, could allow Nantwich (at home to Hyde) and Radcliffe (at home to Gainsborough) to overtake us.

Table
P Pts
1 South Shields 23 51
2 Lancaster City 26 45
3 Basford United 24 45
4 FC United Of Manchester 23 44
5 Warrington Town 24 40
Results
Sat 18 Jan 2020Stalybridge Celtic3-2
Sat 11 Jan 2020Bamber Bridge3-0
Sat 04 Jan 2020Matlock Town1-0
Wed 01 Jan 2020Grantham Town0-0
Sat 21 Dec 2019Hyde United1-4
Goal Scorers
Watson, Nathan9
Richards, Kane8
Grantham, Courey7
Reid, James5
Thomas, Jack3
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 Bamber Bridge3-0Sat 11th Jan
Away win Atherton Collieries1-3Sat 2nd Nov
Home defeat Hyde United1-4Sat 21st Dec
Away defeat Radcliffe3-0Sat 23rd Nov
Home score Gainsborough Trinity4-3Sat 5th Oct
Away score Hyde United2-3Sat 17th Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 432
Last Won 111
Last Drew 432
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