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Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Saturday November 25th, 2006 (15:00:00)
Celtic are in FA Trophy action on Saturday when we travel across the Pennines to Gainsborough. The game offers Celtic a chance to prove that Gainsborough?s easy victory at Bower Fold some weeks back was not the real Celtic.

With confidence high in the Celtic camp after a great away win at league leaders Hinckley United, and confidence low in the Gainsborough camp after four straight losses ? they have taken a point from a game since they beat us at the start of October this is as good a chance as any of Celtic progressing in the cup.

Trinity?s last game was a 2-0 defeat away at Blyth Spartans, the fourth time this season that they have failed to score in a game. This means that in the last four games, they have conceded ten goals, whilst scoring four. This is quite a turn around from the start of the season when they went four games without conceding a single goal. Their last home game was facing Kettering Town, and though they managed to score two goals, they were beaten 2-3, their last goal a consolation in the dying minutes. Prior to that, they were beaten by Vauxhall Motors. Out of their seven home games this season, they have won three of them, with good early season wins over Workington (the current league leaders) and Hinckley United.

Despite their resounding 2-0 scoreline at Bower Fold, Gainsborough have hardly been scoring for fun, with a total of just sixteen goals all season. By contrast Celtic have scored thirty-one, the third most in the league. Gainsborough?s most dangerous period is clearly the last twenty minutes where they have knocked in the same number as the whole of their first halves (six). They are vulnerable in the opening fifteen minutes, conceding eight goals so far this season, and a further six have gone in during the last five minutes. On average, at home, they have scored 1.1 goals per game (one overall), whilst conceding 1.3 goals per game (1.5 overall).

Ryan Mallon has been the source of one quarter of Trinity?s goals this season, and also half of their goals scored in the first half, with three there and a further one in the second half. However, he hasn?t found the net since Barrow in September. Eight players in total have found the net, and if Mallon and Wes Parker (who has three) are taken out of the equation, Lee Ellington has scored more than the rest combined.

Having said all that, Celtic?s away form is not superb this season, with just two wins, and the automated prediction algorithm is predicting a replay required with a 2-2 score line. This is partly due to seven of our previous twelve visits all being draws. The last time we visited in 2005, we lost 1-0 after drawing the previous five! Our last win was last century back in 1999, when we emerged 3-1 winners . . . in the FA Trophy. That game had come after Gainsborough held us to a draw at Bower Fold.

In their last match, the 2-0 defeat away at Blyth, Gainsborough lined up as:
1. Adam Solitt
2. Ben Purkiss
3. Matty Caudwell
4. Wes Parker
5. Richard Pell
6. Matt Thorpe
7. Eric Graves
8. Danny Anson
9. Jamie Smith
10. Ross Hannah
11. Liam Needham

With Celtic missing the services of Neil Prince and Mark Haran, we lined up in our magnificent 3-2 victory away at Hinckley as:
1. Paul Pettinger
2. Grant Black
3. Scott Maxfield
4. Barrie Keeling
5. Paul Sykes
6. Ashley Winn
7. James Turley
8. Kevin Parr
9. Lee Ellington
10. Steve Brodie
11. Steve Smith

Hopefully, Celtic will use the result at Hinckley as a springboard to better future performances. The players have shown that they can perform to outstanding levels, and that will be required again if this season is to have any meaning. Thoughts of Marine, Woodley, and all other defeats must be excluded from their thoughts, and the warm glow of the last game should fire their bellies.
P Pts
16 Alfreton Town 17 20
17 Redditch United 18 20
18 Gainsborough Trinity 16 18
19 Barrow 16 16
20 Scarborough 17 15
Sat 25 Nov 2006Stalybridge Celtic1-1
Sat 18 Nov 2006Blyth Spartans0-2
Tue 14 Nov 2006Alfreton Town1-3
Sat 04 Nov 2006Kettering Town2-3
Sat 21 Oct 2006Vauxhall Motors1-2
Goal Scorers
Mallon, Ryan4
Parker, Wesley3
Trout, Charlie2
Graves, Eric2
Bett, Mark2
Previous Meetings
Tuesday October 20, 2020
Saturday February 15, 2020
Tuesday February 04, 2020
Saturday February 16, 2019
Saturday September 29, 2018
Home win Barrow1-0Sat 16th Sep
Away win Stalybridge Celtic0-2Sat 7th Oct
Home defeat Worcester City1-3Sat 26th Aug
Away defeat Hyde United3-0Sat 9th Sep
Home score Kettering Town2-3Sat 4th Nov
Away score Hucknall Town3-3Tue 12th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 432
Last Drew 111
Distance: 67
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Head up Mottram Road towards Mottram.
Join Mottram Road towards Hollingworth.
At the traffic lights with the A57 Woolly Lane towards Glossop, continue straight ahead towards Hollingworth and Tintwistle.
After the lights the road becomes the A628.
Stay on the A628 and it will become the Woodhead pass.
After about 14 miles, you will reach the Flouch roundabout.
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A616 (signposted M1).
After 9 miles you will reach another roundabout, go straight across (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A616.
After 1 1/2 miles you will reach the M1.
Join the M1 going southbound towards London.
Stay on the M1 for 10 miles to junction 32 (M18, The North, Doncaster, Hull).
Join the M18 towards the North, and leave at Junction 1 (A631, Rotherham).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right towards Bawtry onto the A631.
Stay on the A631 following signs for Bawtry.
There are a couple of doglegs, t-junctions and roundabouts, but just keep on the A631 for about 22 miles until you reach the set of traffic lights after the oil depot with a dual carriageway ahead and a railway bridge going over the top.
Turn left here onto the A159 (Trinity Street), signposted for Gainsborough.
You will pass a large Tesco on the right, about half a mile further, there is a Total Petrol Station on the left hand side of the road - the ground is on the opposite side.
Parking is street based and limited.

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