Match Preview :- Whitby Town - Tuesday September 11th, 2018 (19:45:00)

With both teams out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, Celtic travel to Whitby on Tuesday night for a league clash (kick off 7:45pm). Whitby have had a solid start with three wins and a draw putting them seventh in the table on ten points, two points and six places above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Whitby were put out of the FA Cup by Whitely Bay on Saturday, losing to a last minute, stoppage time goal, after losing one player to a red card and missing a penalty. In the league Whitby have started well, with three wins, although only one of those wins have been at home, when they beat Buxton in their opening game. Since then, both Witton and Hednesford have beaten them, with Whitby's other two wins coming away from home against North Ferriby and, most recently, Matlock Town. Whitby have managed to score against five of the six teams they have played, failing to score only at home to Witton. They have also kept three clean sheets, including their most recent league match away at Matlock.

Last season, Whitby finished just one place above Celtic in twenty-first on fifty points, two more points than Celtic after a disastrous run-in that saw them pick up one win in their last eight matches. Their top scorer was David Carson, who finished with eight goals. Matthew Tymon and Junior Mondal were right behind him on seven each. Carson joined Morpeth Town over the close season, but Tymon and Mondal are both available, and already on the scoresheet.

The last meeting between the two teams was in October last season, when Celtic won 3-1 at Bower Fold, with goals from John Cofie, Ross Killock and Liam Dickinson giving a much more positive result than our last visit to the seaside when Whitby won 4-1 at a canter, Aaron Burn's equaliser cancelled out by a collapse in the second half. Our last win in Whitby was in 2008, when we knocked them out of the FA Trophy. Our last win there in the league was in 2003 when we won 2-0 with second half goals from Kenny Mayers and Colin Potts giving Celtic the three points. In our last eight visits, we have won five and lost three.

In Whitby's last match, the 1-0 away defeat in the cup to Whitley Bay, Whitby lined up as:
1. Adam McHugh
2. Josh Nearney
3. Daniel McWilliams
4. Adam Gell
5. Kieron Weledji
6. Andrew Monkhouse
7. Dominic Furness
8. Dave Hopson
9. Junior Mondal
10. Matthew Tymon
11. Jassem Sukar

In Celtic's last match, the 1-0 away defeat to Radcliffe, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Steve Irwin
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Luke Wall
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharpe
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Niall Flint

Celtic have not been conceding much, so once the strikers find their shooting boots, we should start to see more positive results. The loss of Jake Turner to a broken wrist has been mitigated by the loan of James Aspinall. Greg Wilkinson and Tom Brown were also both missing through injury, but otherwise, Celtic have a full squad ahead of Tuesday night, when Celtic need to end the current run of three straight defeats.

Distance: 114
Time: 3 hours

From the M62 Junction 20 (A627(M)).
Head towards Leeds.
Stay on the M62 until Junction 33 - A1 (about 40 miles).
Stay on the A1 to junction 49 (Thirsk).
The slip-road takes you onto the A168.
Stay on the A168 for 7 1/2 miles.
You will come to a roundabout.
Turn left (exit 2 of 4) onto the A170 (York Road).
Almost immediately you will reach another roundabout.
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A170.
After about 20 miles you will come to a roundabout.
Go straight across (exit 2 of 4) to stay on the A170.
After 6 1/2 miles you will reach a roundabout.
Turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A169 (Malton Road).
After about 17 miles, you will go up a hill coming to a t-junction with the A171.
Turn right onto the A171.
Take the first left (signposted Whitby) onto the B1460.
This road joins the B1416 (Castle Road).
Turn left onto it.
Just down Castle Road, you will come to a garage/spar shop on your left and a Lidl supermarket on your right Turn left after the spar onto Love Lane (signposted Sandsend).
Follow this road for about 1/4 of a mile.
You will come to a roundabout with the A174.
Turn right.
The club is down the A174 on the left, just after a garage/off-licence.