After a Festive postponement, Celtic finally have the return leg when we play Curzon Ashton on Monday night. Kick-off is 7:45pm. Curzon are unbeaten in three with two wins and have moved up to thirteenth in the table, on thirty-three points, nineteen points and eight places above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
Curzon have had two recent impressive wins, beating table toppers Fylde at home 3-2 and promotion hopefuls Darlington away 3-1. They have also beaten Harrogate and Halifax at home, giving them an impressive tally of scalps. Though their away record is better than their home record (won 6, drawn three and lost five away, winning three drawing three and losing six at home), their last home defeat was at the end of October when they were beaten 2-1 by Gainsborough.
Niall Cummins is their top scorer this season so far, with ten goals, though they have nineteen different scorers! On average they score 1.5 goals per game (1.3 at home), and concede two goals per game (2.2 at home). They have failed to score only once at home (a 2-0 defeat by Salford), but have also kept only one clean sheet (the 1-0 win over Harrogate). At half time they have only been ahead three, they went on to win two and draw one. In the six games they have been drawing at half time, they went onto win one, lose three and draw two. In all three games they have been losing at half time, they have lost all three. Celtic need to play the opening half hour in the way they played for the final half hour in the first leg.
In their last match, the 3-1 away win over Darlington, Curzon lined up as:
1. Hakan Burton
2. James Baillie
3. Connor Hampson
4. Jonathon Hunt
5. Daniel Shaw
6. Jamie Stott
7. Ryan Hall
8. Iain Howard
9. Niall Cummins
10. Matthew Warburton
11. Christopher Rowney
In Celtic’s last match, the 1-0 away loss at Crewe Alexandra, we lined up as:
1. Paul Phillips
2. Danny Morton
3. Danny Wisdom
4. Keil O’Brien
5. Fraser Horsfall
6. Kieran Dunbar
7. Florian Da Silva
8. Darren McKnight
9. Liam Dickinson
10. Lee Gaskill
11. Adam Morning
Celtic are in a precarious position and need to pick up every possible point between now and the end of the season. Curzon have had a couple of hard recent games, but won them both and will be on a high. Celtic are eight points behind Bradford, twelve points behind Alfreton, thirteen behind Telford and Worcester and fifteen behind Gainsborough, though we have games in hand on all bar Alfreton. We need four more wins than at least two of these teams, and to overcome the second worst goal difference in the league. In our last six losses over the last eleven games, Celtic have only lost by one goal. Hopefully new signing Sefton Gonzales can ensure we fill that gap, whilst Fraser Horsfall has not yet been in a losing team.
There are three other midweek games this week:
Alfreton Town (pts th) v FC Halifax Town (pts th)
Brackley Town (pts th) v Stockport County (pts th)
Gloucester City (pts th) v Tamworth (pts th)
Go down Mottram Road, through two lights onto Stamford Street.
Follow this for about a mile to the lights next to the School House, and turn right onto Beaufort Road.
Go past the college to the T-junction and do a dog-leg onto Penny Meadow.
Turn right at the lights and stay on this road to the Ikea roundabout.
Take the first exit onto the dual carriage way and at the lights turn right.
Take the first left (after the mini roundabout) and the ground is here.