Match Preview :- Alfreton Town - Tuesday April 4th, 2017 (7:45PM)

On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to Alfreton Town for the rescheduled fixture (kick off 7:45PM). Alfreton are currently on forty points, in seventeenth, twenty points and four places higher than Celtic having played two games more. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Alfreton have been inconsistent all season, but their home form has ensured that they are just about safe this season. Whilst away from home they have won four and drawn one of their eighteen games this season, at home they have lost only five games and won seven of their eighteen games. Most recently, they have lost home and away to Gloucester away (4-0) and to Bradford Park Avenue at home (1-0), after winning their previous three home matches against Boston, FC United and Halifax. Prior to their most recent loss at home to Bradford, you have to go back to the start of November for their previous loss, when they lost 2-0 to Gloucester. Between the two, they won four and drew three.

Their top scorer this season is Craig Westcarr, who has found the net thirteen times, five more than his nearest rival for the Golden Boot, Liam Hearn who is on eight. They have scored fifty-seven goals (27 at home), at a rate of 1.6 goals per game (1.5 at home). They are one of only three teams to have conceded more than Celtic this season, conceding eighty-one goals (twenty-six at home) at a rate of 2.2 goals per game (1.4 at home). Alfreton have kept six clean sheets at home (only one away) and failed to score ten times (split evenly home and away).

We have already me this season, with Celtic being one of the few teams Alfreton have beaten on the road, winning at Bower Fold 3-2, with a Liam Hearn last minute goal denying Celtic anything from the game after goals from Scott Spencer and Aidan Chippendale had clawed back the 2-0 half time score-line. Celtic’s last visit to Alfreton, in October last season, we won comfortably 3-1, with a brace from Steve Tames and a third from Alex Johnson. Alfreton’s last win at the Impact Arena was in January 2011, when they won 5-3. Alfreton has been something of a happy hunting ground for Celtic, and in our last ten visits, we have won five and drawn one.

Alfreton’s last game was the 1-0 home defeat to Bradford, in which they lined up as:
1. Fabian Spiess
2. Brad McGowan
3. Niall Heaton
4. David Moyo
5. Ryan Wilson
6. Lindon Meikle
7. John Johnston
8. Wayne Bradley
9. Joe Ironside
10. Todd Jordan
11. Sam Jones

Celtic’s last match was the heart-breaking 2-2 draw away at FC United of Manchester. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Grant Shenton
2. Danny Morton
3. Danny Wisdom
4. Matty Hughes
5. Adam Mather
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Kieran Dunbar
8. Gary Gee
9. Andy Bishop
10. Danny Wilkins
11. Danny Pilkington

Celtic certainly did enough to win the match on Saturday, and though we’re not mathematically down, the task of staying up is Herculean. A win over Alfreton would be feel good, but still leave us ten points adrift with two games in hand. We’d still need snookers.

Other midweek matches:
Brackley Town (59pts 8th) v FC Halifax Town (67pts 3rd)
Nuneaton Town (46pts 14th) v Gloucester City (57pts 10th)

Directions
Distance: 62
Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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.
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 20 miles to junction 28 (Derby).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right (exit 3 of 5) onto the A38.
After two miles, there is a slip road (signposted B600), leave here.
At the t-junction at the end of the slip road, turn right onto the B600 towards Alfreton.
After half a mile, North Street is on the left (It is the second left after leaving the A38).

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