On Saturday Celtic make their final away trip of the league as we travel to the Midlands to face Corby Town. Corby are currently bottom of the league with thirty-two points and are already relegated. They are ten places and eighteen points behind Celtic.
Though Corby started the season unbeaten in six games, they did only win two of them, and since then have won only five games. They are currently on a twelve game winless streak, picking up four points from a possible thirty-six. Corby have not won at home since they beat Tamworth 2-0 in February. Before that, they beat Telford in November.
Their top scorer this season with a third of all Corby’s goals is Greg Mills, who has scored sixteen of their forty-seven goals this season. With eighty-five goals conceded, they have the worst defence in the league, and nobody has conceded more. Five teams have scored fewer goals, so they don’t have the worst attack in the league, and have only failed to score in five home games, and have kept three clean sheets.
We played Corby at Bower Fold in November, and it was a game that Corby won, although Celtic had a 2-1 half time lead thanks to Alec Mudimu and Alex Johnson, a Greg Mills hat-trick made the final score 3-2. We have only beaten Corby once, back in October 2011, when we won 2-1 with goals from Connor Jennings and Phil Marsh at their place, however our last visit there in March 2013 finished 1-0 to Corby, giving them the double over us that season, something they’ll be looking to do again. In four visits, we have lost two, drawn one and won on, whilst in six visits to Bower Fold, Corby have won four and drawn two. We’ve never beaten Corby at Bower Fold, but … this game is away.
Saturday’s game is ‘Pay What You Want’ on the gate, with kids free with a donating adult, this scheme is also available to Celtic supporters. Corby drew their last match 2-2 away at Stockport, though the point wasn’t enough, mathematically relegating them. In that match they lined up as:
1. Ollie Sutton
2. Ellis Myles
3. Sean O’Hanlon
4. Jonathan Breeze
5. Taylor McKenzie
6. Liam Marshall
7. Greg Mills
8. Danny Draper
9. Callum Ball
10. Ben Milnes
11. Nathan Evans
Celtic also drew their last match, the 1-1 midweek draw against Alfreton, and are mathematically safe. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan
2. Oliver Crowley
3. Danny Wisdom
4. Matty Hughes
5. Jack Higgins
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Charlie Joyce
8. Alex Mudimu
9. Adam Farrell
10. Steve Tames
11. Danny Burns
A win for Celtic won’t move us up any places, but could put us in contention for a top ten finish, something inconceivable a few weeks ago. A loss or draw could see us drop four places with Bradford, FC United, Worcester and Gainsborough all capable of catching us.
At the top of the table, Boston will be playing Nuneaton, a game Boston have to win to maintain their play-off hopes. At the bottom off the table, Lowestoft are up against Tamworth, who also have slim play-off hopes. Other games on Saturday:
AFC Fylde (71pts 3rd) v Harrogate Town (68pts 4th)
AFC Telford (44pts 18th) v Worcester City (47pts 15th)
Alfreton Town (55pts 9th) v Stockport County (55pts 11th)
Boston United (65pts 6th) v Nuneaton Town (67pts 5th)
Curzon Ashton (55pts 10th) v Brackley Town (42pts 20th)
Gainsborough Trinity (47pts 16th) v FC United of Manchester (49pts 14th)
Gloucester City (46pts 17th) v North Ferriby United (73pts 2nd)
Hednesford Town (37pts 21st) v Bradford Park Avenue (49pts 13th)
Solihull Moors (84pts 1st) v Chorley (57pts 8th)
Tamworth (62pts 7th) v Lowestoft Town (44pts 19th)
Head away from Bower Fold towards Glossop.
At the traffic lights at the Glossop turning, continue straight to join the A628.
Stay on the A628 through Tintwistle to where it becomes the Woodhead Pass (if the Woodhead pass is closed, go across up to M62 and down the M1).
Stay on the A628 Woodhead Pass to the Flouch Roundabout (about 11 miles from Tintwistle).
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A616 (signposted for the M1).
After nine miles, there is a roundabout with the A61; continue straight across (exit 3 of 4) to stay on the A616 (signposted M1 Southbound).
After a mile join the M1 Southbound at junction 35a.
Stay on the M1 for 81 miles to junction 19 (M6/A14).
After 18 miles, join the A43 at junction 7.
At the roundabout turn left onto A6003 (Rockingham Road), after 6 miles and 2 roundabouts, turn right onto Rockingham Road, and the club car park is immediately on the right.