Match Preview :- North Ferriby United - Tuesday March 10th, 2015 (19:45:00)

On Tuesday, Celtic travel over to Hull to face the Villagers, North Ferriby United. North Ferriby are currently thirteenth in the table, on forty-three points, eight places and thirteen points ahead of Celtic with a game in hand over us. There will be a match centre for this game.

North Ferriby are still involved in the FA Trophy, and doing very well, and this may have had an impact on their season this time round, having finished second last season, just three points off automatic promotion. This season, they started well, even topping the table briefly at the start of the season, but since their opening of five games unbeaten their results have been inconsistent at best, with only one win in the last eight. They have lost only two in that period, both at home with both Lowestoft and Hednesford beating them in their last two home matches. These results have seen them slide down the table to their current thirteenth. Their final is on the twenty-ninth of March, and hopefully, they will have half an eye on that game.

Ferriby haven't been as free scoring this season, with Tom Denton's ten goals making him the top scorer; Liam King and Nathan Jarman are his closest rivals for the Golden Boot on seven each. They are scoring 1.3 goals per game (1.8 at home) and conceding 1.2 goals per game (1.4 at home). Whilst they are not scoring as freely as last season, they have maintained a good defence, conceding only thirty-nine goals this season. Two thirds of their conceding has been done at home. They have kept five clean sheets at home, and failed to score only twice.

We've met Ferriby three times, and the Villagers have the upper hand in terms of results, with a 2-0 home win last season over us, followed by a 3-2 win at Bower Fold in which they scored inside sixteen seconds, and though Celtic fought back to 2-1 with goals from Paul Ennis and Liam Dickinson, Ferriby powered through in the last twenty minutes to take all three points. The last meeting between the two sides at Bower Fold finished 2-2, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Celtic a two goal half time lead, which was pegged back in the second half with an own goal from Matt Regan and a late, late goal from Gregg Anderson snatching a point for the visitors.

North Ferriby are suspension free, and their only major doubt is Adam Nicklin though injury. Jason St Juste was named February player of the month in the Vanarama Conference North. North Ferriby's last match was a 2-1 home defeat to Lowestoft, and in that match, they lined up as:
1. Jonathan Hedge
2. Sam Topliss
3. Nathan Peat
4. Liam King
5. Matt Wilson
6. Gregg Anderson
7. Danny Clarke
8. Adam Bolder
9. Tom Denton
10. Nathan Jarman
11. Jason St Juste

Celtic too are suspension free, with Aidan Chippendale, Stefan Galinski and Kelvin Bleau both sitting out the last match through injury. Likely to join them is Lewis King who suffered knee ligament damage in Celtic's 1-0 defeat at home to Barrow. In that match, Celtic lined up as:
1. Lewis King
2. Sam Staunton-Turner
3. Nathan Heath
4. Matty Hughes
5. Harvey Wigley
6. Michael Potts
7. Ben McKenna
8. Scott Kerr
9. Jamie Allen
10. Matt Regan
11. Tom Bentham

To say Celtic need points in this match is an understatement. Thanks to other results on Saturday, none of our relegation rivals pulled away, but this is one of our games in hand over Brackley, and as such we need to claw some ground back on them. With Ferriby's recent results, and one eye on the FA Trophy final in a couple of weeks, Celtic absolutely desperately need to win.

Celtic's is the only game on Tuesday, though Bradford host Chorley and Hyde are away at Guiseley on Wednesday.

Distance: 87
Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Join the M60 heading towards Oldham and stay on the M60 to Junction 20.
At the roundabout, turn right (signposted for Leeds) and join the M62.
Stay on the M62 for 70 miles right to the very end where it becomes the A63.
Stay on the A63 for 7 miles to the junction with the B1231 (Ferriby and Melton).
Leave the A63 here.
At the first roundabout turn right, and at the immediate second roundabout turn left onto the B1231 (Melton Road).
After a mile, turn right onto Church Road (signposted for North Ferriby).
Take the second left after a third of a mile onto Grange Lane.
The ground is at the end.