Celtic have to bounce back from their crashing defeat at home to Chester as they travel to Yorkshire to face Guiseley, a ground at which Celtic have never won. Guiseley are currently second in the table, ten points clear of Celtic on twenty-four points.
With just two losses all season, one at home to Bishop’s Stortford and once away to Chester, Guiseley are in a strong position, and were top for a while, mainly thanks to their 7-1 home win over Droylsden at the start of the season giving them a very healthy goal difference. This remains the highest home win of the season. Out of their opening ten matches, they have conceded nine goals, and scored twenty-six. Four of their goals came in their one away defeat, the 4-0 loss at Chester. This will be a tough ask for Celtic’s young team.
Last season, Guiseley missed out on promotion through the play-offs, having finished second just five points behind Hyde, and look to be aiming to take the direct route out of the Conference North this time around. They have strengthened the team, including taking Andy McWilliams, Rhys Meynell, Jack Rea and Stephen Brogan from Celtic, although, Brogan has since moved on again.
So far this season, Nicky Boshell is their goal scoring hero, with eight goals to his name, while Josh Wilson and Gavin Rothery have both chipped in with five each. They have scored twenty-six goals at a rate of 2.4 per game (2.5 at home) with a third of them going in around the hour mark, and a third in the last ten minutes, putting them second in the top attacks in the league. They have conceded just nine goals, at a rate of 0.8 goals a game (0.7 at home) with a third going in around the half hour mark; their miserly defence puts them joint third in the league’s top defences.
Guiseley have no suspension worries ahead of the match, and will be providing a fitness test for James Walshaw who was slightly injured in their clash with Oxford. Guiseley’s last match was away, a 3-0 win over Oxford City, no match line up has been posted, but in Guiseley’s previous game, the 1-0 win away over Bamber Bridge, Guiseley lined up as:
1. Steven Drench
2. Simon Ainge
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Rhys Meynell
5. Danny Ellis
6. Mark Bower
7. Andy Holdsworth
8. Danny Boshell
9. Wayne Brooksby
10. James Walshaw
11. Gavin Rothery
Celtic will hopefully have learned lessons from their 6-2 defeat at home to Chester in the week, but visiting Guiseley straight after that is a tough ask. Celtic have no suspension worries, and lined up against Chester as:
1. Alex Cairnes
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Mark Lees
4. Kristian Platt
5. Joel Bembo-Leta
6. Callum Warburton
7. Adam Pepper
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Jack Laird
10. Corey Gregory
11. Mitchell Austin
Celtic have failed to beat Guiseley in seven times of asking, with our only victory a home win in March 2000. We have never won at Guiseley, but we did hold them to a 1-1 draw in our last league encounter there, despite then going out of the FA Trophy at Guiseley’s hands a couple of months later.
From M62 Junction 20 (A627(M)) head towards Leeds.
At Junction 26, leave and join the M606 towards Bradford.
Stay on the M606 until the end and join the roundabout in the right hand lane.
Turn right on the roundabout (exit 6 of 7) onto the A6177 (Rooley Lane) following signs for Leeds Bradford airport.
After a mile, you will reach a roundabout, go straight across (exit 1 of 4).
Almost immediately you will reach another roundabout, again go straight across (exit 2 of 4) to stay on the A6177 (now called Sticker Lane).
You will go straight across three major junctions, and after about 2 1/2 miles you will reach a crossroads, with a minor road straight on.
Turn right onto the A658 (Harrogate Road) still following signs for the airport.
After 1/2 a mile, you will reach a roundabout, go straight on (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A658.
Go straight across the crossroads with the A657 and you will come shortly to a roundabout.
Turn left at the roundabout (exit 1 of 4) onto the A65 (New Road) towards Ilkley.
Stay on the New Road for about a mile.
After a small one way system in the centre of Guiseley, it becomes Otley Road.
The ground is about 1/4 of a mile further on, on the right hand side.
There is a free car-park for the club on the postcode LS20 9PD.