Match Preview :- Worcester City - Saturday March 1st, 2014 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic travel south down the M6 to Worcester City. Worcester are currently four points and two places above Celtic in seventeenth on thirty-two points, making this a bit of a relegation battle, with both teams needing the points to get away from the drop zone. There will be a match centre for this game.

Worcester had a poor start to the season, and have hovered in the bottom third all season. After spending a couple of weeks at the bottom of the table, Worcester turned things around and had a good spell of winning five out of six games lifting them to sixteenth. Although their last two games were both losses, dropping them a place. Worcester's last win was away at Guiseley when they won 1-0, whilst their last home win was against Solihull Moors with a very good 3-1 win. A 1-0 home loss to Telford and a 2-1 away defeat at Gainsborough were their last two matches.

Their top scorer this season is Daniel Nti on nine goals, with Ethan Moore right behind on seven. Between the two of them, they have scored two thirds of all of Worcester's goals. With a third of all twenty-eight goals scored on the hour mark, this is their most dangerous period, whilst the same period has seen them ship fifteen of their forty-two goals, making it also their most vulnerable period.

Out of our seven visits to Worcester's various grounds (their currently at Kidderminster's ground), Celtic have won two, lost three and drawn two. Although Celtic won there on our last visit, winning 2-1 with Kristian Platt and Adam Pepper on the score sheet, Worcester have won the last two games between the sides, both at Bower Fold. Their last visit to us saw them win 2-1 back in November, with Shabir Khan and Daniel Nti scoring for Worcester, and Kristian Platt again scoring for Celtic from the spot.

Worcester will be without the injured Richard Munday, but have no suspensions. In their last match, the 2-1 away defeat at Gainsborough Trinity, they lined up as:
1. Jose Veiga
2. George Williams
3. Tyler Weir
4. Aaron Williams
5. Graham Hutchinson
6. Aaron Brown
7. Daniel Nti
8. Ellis Deeney
9. Kristian Ramey-Dickson
10. Ebby Nelson-Addy
11. Steven Leslie

Celtic's injury list is slowly reducing, with Lewis Hatch, Callum Warburton and Kristian Platt all on the treatment table. Also missing for the match will be Sean McConville, who is serving the last game of his suspension. In Celtic's last match, the hard fought 1-1 draw with Brackley, Celtic lined up as:
1. Danny East
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Jeremy Thierry
4. Joel Bembo-Leta
5. Matt Regan
6. Josh Green
7. Paul Ennis
8. Tom Buckley
9. Obi Anorou
10. Jack Ryan
11. Ryan Crossdale

Celtic could move up a place with a win, and reduce the gap between us and Worcester to just one point, with Celtic having a game in hand over them. But Worcester too are in a battle, so this will be a hard game. A loss wouldn't see us drop any places, but it could allow Oxford and Gloucester to catch up, and with both teams having extensive games in hand over us, Celtic need a win.

Other games this Saturday (weather permitting!) are:
AFC Telford (59pts 1st) v Bradford Park Avenue (35pts 13th)
Altrincham (48pts 7th) v Workington (15pts 22nd)
Boston United (50pts 5th) v Hednesford Town (56pts 3rd)
Brackley Town (52pts 4th) v Harrogate Town (49pts 6th)
Colwyn Bay (42pts 9th) v Barrow (42pts 10th)
Histon (28pts 18th) v Guiseley (38pts 12th)
Leamington FC (33pts 16th) v Stockport County (40pts 11th)
North Ferriby United (57pts 2nd) v Vauxhall Motors (35pts 14th)
Oxford City (24pts 20th) v Gainsborough Trinity (34pts 15th)
Solihull Moors (48pts 8th) v Gloucester City (22pts 21st)

Distance: 108
Time: 2 hours 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 64 miles to junction 8 (M5, the South).
Join the M5.
Stay on the M5 for 13 miles to junction 4 (A38, Bromsgrove).
Take the second exit onto Halesowen Road (A38).
Stay on the A38 for 3 miles to a set of lights with Birmingham Road (signposted Bromsgrove North / Minor Injuries Unit).
Turn right here using the filter lane.
The club is on the right after about a mile.