On Tuesday night, Celtic travel to Lancaster City (kick off 7:45pm). Lancaster finished last season in seventeenth, with fourteen wins and thirteen draws. This season, they are twentieth, on twelve points, ten points and ten places below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.
Lancaster ended last season with two wins in their last thirteen games, both at home, to Grantham (3-1) and Sutton Coldfield (2-1). Their last five games were three draws and two losses, ending the season with a 2-0 away defeat to Witton. They picked up this season where they left off, with five straight defeats, before a home 1-1 draw with Bamber Bridge at the start of September. In their last six games, though, results have picked up somewhat, with three wins and a draw lifting them off the bottom of the table. All three wins were away from home, most recently winning 1-0 away at Hednesford. Their most recent match, a home match against Scarborough finished 6-0 to Scarborough.
Robert Wilson and Mathew Blinkhorn are tied for top scorers so far this season, both of whom have three each, with six other scorers on one. Having failed to score in three home games (six overall), with an average scoring ratio of 0.5 goals per home game (0.8 overall), they have found the net just three times at home (twelve overall). At the other end, they have conceded thirty-two goals so far this season (twenty of them at home), the third worst defence in the league behind only North Ferriby and Matlock. They concede at a rate of two goals a game at home and 2.1 overall. Lancaster have kept one clean sheet at home, a goalless draw with North Ferriby.
Lancaster won this fixture last year, when they beat us 1-0 with their only shot on target that went in off the bar after a miskick from Tom Kilfin. Things picked up somewhat in the last meeting between the two teams, when Celtic won the reverse fixture at Bower Fold, winning 5-2, twice coming from behind to annihilate Lancaster in the second half thanks to Jordan Chapell's hat-trick and additional goals from Theo Bailey-Jones and Luke Ashworth. Over the last thirty years, we have visited the Giant Axe nine times, Lancaster have won four, Celtic three and there have been two draws. Celtic's last win there was in 2006, when we won 1-0 with a goal from Mark Hume.
In Lancaster's most recent match, the 6-0 home defeat to Scarborough, they lined up as:
1. Jack Simms
2. Lewis Fensome
3. Paul Dugdale
4. Simon Wills
5. Ben Hudson
6. Craig Stanley
7. Ryan Winder
8. Charlie Russell
9. Steve Williams
10. Robert Wilson
11. Tom Kilfin
In Celtic's last match, the 2-2 home draw with Farsley, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Ross Dent
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharp
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Neil Kengni
Josh Solomon-Davies is away with Saint Lucia's national team, but players are starting to return to fitness with Tom Brown featuring against Farsley from the bench. James Caton is close to a return, but will need assessing and Jake Turner can recuperate for a few more games while Paddy Wharton keeps his gloves warm. Danny Brady should be fit to play after a bloody nose against Farsley, whilst Chris Sharp may be rested with his ankle taking another knock.
Although Celtic dropped to tenth after our weekend draw, we are still in touch with the top five and could go level on points with Farsley with a win over Lancaster, depending on Farsley's result away at Workington. A loss could see Celtic drop a place depending on Hednesford's result at home to Buxton. Celtic have a good chance in this game, with Lancaster currently struggling at home, although Celtic have only won once away from home this season, ourselves.
|Home win||Never won at home|
|Away win||Grantham Town||0-2||Sat 13th Oct|
|Home defeat||Scarborough Athletic||0-6||Sat 20th Oct|
|Away defeat||Matlock Town||4-0||Sat 18th Aug|
|Home score||Scarborough Athletic||0-6||Sat 20th Oct|
|Away score||Nantwich Town||5-2||Sat 25th Aug|