Match Preview :- Nantwich Town - Saturday December 12th, 2009 (15:00:00)
On Saturday, Celtic interrupt their league campaign for the first round proper of the FA Trophy when we travel to Nantwich?s new ground, kick off 3pm. Nantwich are currently fourteenth in the Unibond Premier League, fifteen points off the league leaders, Retford, with three games in hand on them. There will be a live match centre for this game.

Nantwich beat league leaders Retford in the first qualifying round of the Trophy, an own goal sending them through to face Leek Town, who they beat 4-1, and then Eastwood Town in the third Qualifying round. Despite being away, they dispatched Eastwood, winning 3-0. In the league, their season has taken a bit of a dip of late. In their most recent game, away at Bradford Park Avenue, a goal from ex-Celtic player Mark Hume condemned them to a 3-2 defeat, and the same player scored the only goal when Bradford visited Nantwich in their previous game, a game Bradford won 1-0. Their last win in the league was the 10th of October when they beat North Ferriby at home, 4-2. This differs from the start of the season, when they won seven of their opening fifteen games.

We have met Nantwich twice before. Once in 1978 in the FA Trophy, when we won 2-0 at Nantwich, and once in 2004 when we beat them 4-0 in the Cheshire Senior Cup, Ben Smith grabbing the opener in that match. Though we have visited them twice before, this will be our first visit to their new ground.

Nantwich have no suspensions ahead of the match, and have strengthened their team with a couple of new signings, including Marvin Robinson, who scored for Derby County in the premiership. In their last match, the 3-2 loss at Bradford Park Avenue, Nantwich lined up as:
1. Lee Jones
2. Aaron Carter
3. Dave Tickle
4. Darren Tinson
5. Richard Sutton
6. Jake Sedgemeore
7. Ashley Carter
8. Glyn Blackhurst
9. Andy Kinsey
10. Michael Lennon
11. Dave MacPherson

Celtic will be looking to continue their rich vein of form, which has seen us lose just once on the road this season, at Southport, and we are unbeaten in our last eleven away games across all competitions. With no suspensions, Celtic lined up against Gloucester on Tuesday night in our 4-1 home win over the visitors as:
1. Dave Carnell
2. Graeme Law
3. Andy Smart
4. Steve Woods
5. Warren Peyton
6. John Hardike
7. Dave Hankin
8. Keith Briggs
9. Joe O?Neill
10. Matty Barlow
11. Michael Carr

Nantwich will be no pushovers, and Celtic will need to be at their best to beat them. With no data to go on the automated Prediction algorithm is suggesting a tight 1-0 win for Celtic. If the match ends in a draw, the replay will be at Bower Fold on Tuesday 15th December, with a 7:45 kick off.
P Pts
1 Southport 20 45
2 Droylsden 20 36
3 Eastwood Town 20 34
4 Stalybridge Celtic 16 31
5 Alfreton Town 20 31
Sat 12 Dec 2009Stalybridge Celtic0-3
No Scorers
Previous Meetings
Saturday April 06, 2024
Saturday November 11, 2023
Saturday January 21, 2023
Saturday September 17, 2022
Tuesday February 15, 2022
Home win Never won at home
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat Never lost away
Home score Never played home
Away score Never played away
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored n/an/an/a
Last Conceded n/an/an/a
Last Won n/an/an/a
Last Drew n/an/an/a
Distance: 53
Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

From the M67 join the M60 towards Stockport.
After 7 miles, leave the M60 at Junction 4 (Chester, M6) to join the M56 Stay on the M56 for 7 miles, coming off at junction 7 (Northwich, M6) to join the A556.
The roundabout can be avoided by using the slip road.
Stay on the A556 for 5 miles to the roundabout with the M6.
Join the M6 southbound (Birmingham) avoiding the roundabout by using the slip road.
Stay on the M6 for 18 miles to Junction 16 (A500, Crewe and Nantwich).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right (3 of 4) onto the A500.
Stay on the A500 for one mile to a roundabout with the A51, cross the roundabout (2 of 4) onto the A51 into Nantwich.
After a mile and two roundabouts (first exit off each), cross the roundabout by the station onto the A530 (Water Lode).
Follow Water Lode round for half a mile, and the club is on the right hand side.