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Match Preview :- Grantham Town - Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 (19:45:00)

On Tuesday, Celtic travel to Grantham (kick off 7:45pm). Fans are advised that they should not travel. Grantham haven’t won this season yet, and sit in 21st, two places and three points below Celtic.

With one draw at home (1-1 with Stafford) and one away (1-1 with Morpeth), Grantham have had their worst start to a season since Celtic joined the league. They have lost their last four matches, two at home and two away, most recently losing 3-0 away to Mickleover and their last home match a 1-0 defeat to Matlock. Last season, when it prematurely ended, they finished nineteenth, just one point above the drop zone, though both Matlock and Atherton had games in hand, Atherton, two points behind, had six games in hand. Their run in had seen them win just once in 10 matches, though that was a 2-0 win over us at their place. In the FA Trophy, Grantham beat Yaxley 2-0 at Yaxley.

Last season’s top scorer was Craig Westcarr, who’d scored 11, streets ahead of his nearest rival who had two. This season, nobody has been standing out with their 5 goals all scored by different players. They have only scored once away from home, and are scoring at a rate of a goal per home fame from 0.7 overall. They have failed to score only once at home, their last home match to Matlock, but have failed to score three times overall. They have conceded 14 goals this season, eight of which were at home, at a rate of two goals a game and have not kept a clean sheet in their opening seven games.

We’ve met six times. Our first visit was a 0-0 back in 2017 when Liam Dickinson could have sealed the win, blazing over the bar from a yard out. Our last win there was at the end of 2018, when we won 1-0 thanks to Andrew Scott’s early goal. We won both our last two home games against them, but the most recent match was a 2-0 win for Grantham at their place in February with two late goals snatching the points for the home team.

In Grantham’s last match, their 2-0 away win in Yaxley in the FA Trophy, Grantham lined up as:
1. Jan Budtz
2. Nathan Dyer
3. Ben Turner
4. Michael Hollingsworth
5. Tom Ward
6. Ben Middleton
7. Jack Stubbs
8. James Berrett
9. Ashley Worsfold
10. Liam Hardy
11. Niall Doran

In Celtic’s last match, the 3-2 away defeat to Marine in the FA Trophy, Celtic lined up as:
1. Tom Stewart
2. Jordan Helliwell
3. Freddie Sass
4. Scott Sephton
5. Luke Barlow
6. Matty Makinson
7. Jonathon Ustabasi
8. Charley Doyle
9. Kyle Hawley
10. Callum Harris
11. Nic Evangelinos

James Ellison and Lewis Salmon were both unavailable for the Trophy match but are eligible for the trip to Grantham. New recruits Jack Baxter who is on loan from Preston North End and Grant Shenton who is on loan from Buxton will also join the squad. Will Goodwin is still unlikely to feature after twisting his ankle at Atherton.

Both of Grantham’s wins this season have been in cup competitions, beating Rushall Olympic on penalties in the FA Cup back in September, before losing at home to Matlock a fortnight later and going out of the FA Cup. Celtic are playing well enough to get a result at Grantham and hopefully help us climb a few places in the table.

P Pts
18 Stalybridge Celtic 9 6
19 Ashton United 7 5
20 Bamber Bridge 9 4
21 Grantham Town 8 3
22 Stafford Rangers 8 1
Tue 03 Nov 2020Stalybridge Celtic0-0
Sat 24 Oct 2020Mickleover FC0-3
Tue 20 Oct 2020Matlock Town0-1
Sat 17 Oct 2020Lancaster City2-4
Sat 10 Oct 2020Whitby Town0-2
Goal Scorers
Worsfold, Ashley1
Hardy, Liam1
Doran, Niall1
Holland, John1
Young, Gregory1
Previous Meetings
Tuesday November 03, 2020
Saturday February 29, 2020
Tuesday September 24, 2019
Saturday April 27, 2019
Saturday December 22, 2018
Home win Never won at home
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Lancaster City2-4Sat 17th Oct
Away defeat Mickleover FC3-0Sat 24th Oct
Home score Lancaster City2-4Sat 17th Oct
Away score Mickleover FC3-0Sat 24th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 323
Last Conceded 111
Last Won n/an/an/a
Last Drew 111
Distance: 89
Time: 2 hours

Take the Woodhead Pass (A628) to the M1 and join south bound at junction 35A.
Stay on the M1 for 13 miles to junction 31 (A57, Worksop).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A57.
Stay on the A57 for 14 miles to the A1 roundabout and join the A1 toward Newark and Lincoln.
Stay on the A1 for 34 miles to ther A607 exit (Grantham, Melton Mowbary).
At the roundabout, turn left (1 of 4) onto Swingbridge Road.
After half a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (1 of 3) onto Trent Road.
After half a mile, at the roundabout, turn right (2 of 3) and the club is here.

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