Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Saturday April 19th, 2014 (15:00:00)

On Wednesday night, Celtic play the first of their four cup-finals for staying in the Conference North, when the visitors will be North Ferriby United (kick off 7:45). North Ferriby have been in the top five for the majority of the season, topped the table for several weeks, and currently sit second, three points off top spot with a superior goal difference over Telford and a game in hand. There will be a match centre.

If North Ferriby win, they will go top, whereas if Celtic win, we will drop out of the bottom two and put Histon in our place. A draw would be good enough for Celtic at this stage, but not for North Ferriby who will be going all out for the win.

We have met them once before, in Hull, a couple of weeks ago when we matched them in the first half, but had no answer in the second, despite getting a penalty (that was saved). In the end, North Ferriby were simply too strong for Celtic, and were worth their win there. The odds are that North Ferriby will be favourites to repeat this at Bower Fold. They have lost just seven games all season, although they have only won once in the last five matches, with one loss and three draws. Five of their seven losses this season have been on the road, an early season 5-0 loss to Harrogate Town, and 2-0 losses to Solihull, Telford and Barrow. Their most recent loss was 1-0 away at Guiseley. Their last win was against us in the Village, whilst their last away win was a 4-1 win at Gainsborough.

Nathan Jarman is their top scorer this season, with an impressive twenty goals, closely followed by Anthony Wilson, who has nineteen. This puts them third and fifth respectively in the overall league golden boot, currently being led by James Walshaw of Altrincham. North Ferriby have kept thirteen clean sheets this season, seven of which were on the road. They've scored seventy-three goals, which is the fifth best attack, and conceded forty-four, which is the second best defence behind Brackley.

North Ferriby have injury doubts for Matt Wilson, Gregg Anderson, Jon D'Laryea and Dean Lisles, but are suspension free. In their last match, the 1-1 draw away at Altrincham, they lined up as:
1. Adam Nicklin
2. Paul Robson
3. Josh Wilde
4. Liam King
5. Mark Gray
6. Danny Hone
7. Danny Clarke
8. Russell Fry
9. Ryan Kendall
10. Nathan Jarman
11. Jamie Yates

Celtic's injury list has eased, with only Callum Warburton a now definite doubt, Danny East is hopeful to be over the viral meningitis that has ruled him out for the past few weeks, whilst Kristian Platt will be out serving a suspension for accumulating ten bookings. In Celtic's last match, the 4-1 away defeat at Boston, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jack Cookson
2. Oliver Crowley
3. Andy McWilliams
4. Joel Bembo-Leta
5. Matt Regan
6. Josh Green
7. Paul Ennis
8. Liam Dickinson
9. Jack Ryan
10. Tom Buckley
11. Ryan Croasdale

Celtic are now desperate for a win, having gone ten league games at home without one. A win would put pressure on Histon, anything else keeps the pressure on us.

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