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Match Preview :- Basford United - Saturday October 13th, 2018 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic visit newly promoted Basford United (kick off 3pm). Basford finished top of the Evostik Division One South last season, cantering to first place on a hundred points, fifteen points clear of second placed Alvechurch. They have adapted well to life in the Premier and currently sit third in the table, one point and four places above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Last season, Basford won thirty-one of their forty-two games, never losing a single home game, drawing only four. They had the second best attack with only Frickley scoring more and the second best defence, with only Stamford conceding fewer. This season, after losing their first home game 2-1 to Hednesford Town, Basford have gone on to win all their subsequent home games, scoring twenty-one goals in the process, giving them the best home attack in the league. Away, it's a different matter, with a 4-1 win over Marine being their only away win. They haven't won since their last home game, drawing 1-1 away at second-bottom club Lancaster and, most recently, losing 3-2 away at Gainsborough.

Nathan Watson is currently the top scorer of both Basford and the league, with nine goals. He has scored nearly a third of all Basford's goals this season. Matthew Thornhill and Kole Lambert are already trailing some distance behind on four each. On average, Basford have been scoring 3.1 goals per game at home (2.2 overall), keeping both their clean sheets at home, and scoring in every home match. They have conceded just nine goals at home, from twenty-two overall, at a rate of 1.3 goals per game (1.6 overall). They have the league's top attack, five clear of Scarborough, but have conceded more than any other team in the top half of the table, with the fifth worst defence.

We've never been to Basford, with this being the first meeting of the two teams.

In Basford's most recent match, the 3-2 away defeat to Gainsborough, they lined up as:
1. Kieran Preston
2. Liam Bateman
3. Kieran Fenton
4. Matt Thornhill
5. Dominic Roma
6. Deon Meilke
7. Jack Thomas
8. Greg Tempest
9. Nathan Watson
10. Courey Grantham
11. James Reid

In Celtic's last match, the 3-2 home defeat by Scarborough, Celtic lined up as:
1. James Aspinall
2. Niall Flint
3. Scott Wilson
4. Liam Tongue
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Ross Dent
9. Neil Kengni
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. George Hughes

James Caton remains an unlikely starter after straining a hamstring in the opening half hour against North Ferriby, whilst Tom Brown is still a few weeks away with his hamstring as is Jake Turner with his wrist. Greg Wilkinson came through his cameo against Scarborough, whilst Chris Sharp and Glenn Rule should both be fit for Saturday's encounter. Josh Solomon-Davies will have to be assessed to see if he is now fit to play, after struggling through against North Ferriby.

Celtic could theoretically go third with a win over Basford, notching our second away win of the season and Basford's second home defeat, whilst a draw could see us go fourth, and a loss could see us drop a couple of places.

P Pts
1 Basford United 15 25
2 Warrington Town 11 23
3 Buxton 12 22
4 Scarborough Athletic 12 22
5 Nantwich Town 12 22
Sat 13 Oct 2018Stalybridge Celtic5-2
Tue 09 Oct 2018Gainsborough Trinity2-3
Sat 06 Oct 2018Lancaster City1-1
Mon 01 Oct 2018Whitby Town2-0
Sat 29 Sep 2018Workington3-2
Goal Scorers
Watson, Nathan9
Reid, James5
Thornhill, Matthew5
Lambert, Kole4
Hearn, Liam3
Previous Meetings
Saturday January 18, 2020
Monday September 09, 2019
Saturday April 06, 2019
Saturday October 13, 2018
Home win Matlock Town6-0Mon 10th Sep
Away win Marine1-4Sat 25th Aug
Home defeat Hednesford Town1-2Mon 20th Aug
Away defeat Stafford Rangers3-1Tue 25th Sep
Home score Farsley Celtic4-3Sat 1st Sep
Away score Gainsborough Trinity3-2Tue 9th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 121
Last Won 316
Last Drew 171
Distance: 71
Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Take the Woodhead Pass (A629) to Flouch Roundabout and turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A628 towards the M1.
After 8 miles, at Westwood roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the A616 towards the M1 South.
After a mile, join the M1 southbound and stay on the M1 for 40 miles to junction 26 (A610) towards Nottingham.
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A610 and at the next roundabout, go straight (exit 3 of 6) to stay on the A610.
After a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (first exit) onto Cinderhill Road.
At the next roundabout, turn right (3 of 4) onto Bagnall Road.
After half a mile, turn left onto Greenwich Avenue, and the club is straight ahead.

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