Match Preview :- Barwell - Saturday January 27th, 2018 (15:00:00)

Saturday sees Celtic travel to Leicestershire to face Barwell (kick off 3pm). Barwell are currently eleventh in the league on forty points, twelve places and sixteen points ahead of Celtic, though they have played six games more. There will be a match centre, Twitter feed and MIXLR radio broadcast for this match.

Barwell had a decent start to the season, winning six and drawing four in their opening sixteen games, seeing them rise to a season high of seventh. However, although they are unbeaten in their last four games, they have only won three of their last fifteen games, losing five and drawing seven. Their last home win was a 1-0 victory over Shaw Lane at the start of October, they have lost three of their last five home games, drawing the other two, most recently, drawing 1-1 with Grantham. Their last home loss was their previous home game, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Nantwich on New Year's Day. Their away form has seen them win six out of seventeen, losing five, compared to their home form where they have won four of their thirteen games, drawing four.

Barwell's top scorer so far this season is Matthew Stenson with nine of their forty-one goals this season. His closest rival is Ryan Seal on six. On average they score 1.1 goals per game at home (1.4 overall), whilst they have conceded their thirty-eight goals at a rate of 1.5 goals per game at home (1.3 overall). They have kept two clean sheets at home (out of seven) and failed to score four times at home (out of seven).

We've only met Barwell once, at Bower Fold earlier this season, where Celtic came out 4-2 winners, taking the lead twice through Theo Bailey-Jones and Oli Roberts, before finishing the game off in the last quarter with goals from Matty Wolfenden and Jake Charles.

Barwell's last match was the 1-1 home draw with Grantham Town, scoring in the last ten minutes to snatch a point. In that match, Barwell lined up as:
1. Liam Castle
2. Jake Whitehouse
3. Eddie Nisevic
4. Craig Stanley
5. Liam Kay
6. Nigel Julien
7. Lee Hildreth
8. Owen Story
9. Mitchel Piggon
10. Brady Hickey
11. Matthew Stenson

Celtic's last match was the first away win of the season when we beat Alsager Town 3-0 in the Cheshire Senior Cup, a much depleted Celtic side. Prior to that was our 2-2 draw away at Buxton in which we lined up as:
1. Jack Walton
2. Oliver Crowley
3. Alex Honeyball
4. Sam Sheridan
5. Luke Ashworth
6. Danny Morton
7. Jordan Chapell
8. Chris Gallagher
9. Liam Dickinson
10. Theo Bailey-Jones
11. Connor Hughes

Ross Killock should be fit for selection in the match at Barwell, giving Steve Burr a full squad to select from.

A win for Celtic could lift us two places, and bring eighteenth within striking distance. On games played, we have eighteen points more available to us than Barwell, who are sixteen points ahead, so despite the difference in the table currently, on paper we have every chance of winning.

Other matches this weekend:
Altrincham (59pts 1st) v Warrington Town (47pts 5th)
Buxton (39pts 13th) v Coalville Town (39pts 14th)
Grantham Town (50pts 3rd) v Stourbridge (39pts 12th)
Hednesford Town (45pts 8th) v Whitby Town (31pts 20th)
Lancaster City (38pts 15th) v Halesowen Town (27pts 22nd)
Marine (27pts 21st) v Rushall Olympic (33pts 19th)
Mickleover Sports (40pts 10th) v Farsley Celtic (47pts 6th)
Shaw Lane (52pts 2nd) v Ashton United (49pts 4th)
Stafford Rangers (33pts 18th) v Matlock Town (35pts 17th)
Sutton Coldfield Town (20pts 24th) v Workington (46pts 7th)
Witton Albion (41pts 9th) v Nantwich Town (38pts 16th)

Distance: 103
Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Take the Woodhead Pass to the M1 (Junction 35a).
Stay on the M1 for 62 miles to junction 22 (A50, A511, Leicester, Coalville).
At the roundabout at the end of the sliproad, turn right (exit 4 of 5) onto A511.
Stay on the A511 for 2 miles to a roundabout with the B585.
Bear left onto the B585.
Stay on the B585 for 2 miles and turn left onto Station Road.
Take the first immediate right onto Wood Road (B585).
After 2 miles just past the Bulls Head pub, bear left onto A447 (Hinckley Road).
Stay on the A447 for 6 miles and turn left onto Stapleton Lane.
After a mile, turn left onto Kirkby Road.
The ground is 400 yards on the right.