On Tuesday nigth, Stalybridge Celtic finally return to Bower Fold after a month on the road, to face Whitby Town (kick off 7:45). Whitby are currently twelfth in the table on forty-three points, five places and four points above Stalybridge Celtic, though they have played a game less. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for the game.
Whitby have blown hot and cold this season, blowing mainly cold between November and February, winning three games in a twelve game period. This has seen them seesaw around midtable for the whole season. Their last five games have seen them win three and lose two, most recently winning 1-0 away at Mickleover Sports. Their previous away game was also a win, beating Bamber Bridge 3-1. Their last away loss was their last visit to Tameside when they lost 3-0 to Hyde. Over their last five away games, they have lost three and won two.
Whitby have scored forty-three goals this season and conceded forty-nine, both mid-table in terms of defence and attack. Twenty-two of those goals came on the road, whilst two third of their conceding has been done away from home, with thirty-three goals. On average they score 1.4 goals away from home (1.3 overall) and concede 2.1 per game away (from 1.5 overall). They have kept three clean sheets on the road (from seven overall) and failed to score in four away games and six home matches. Dale Hopson is currently just ahead in the league goal scorers for them with seven goals, with Junior Mondal and Matthew Tymon both on six.
In the last thirty-five years, Whitby have visited Bower Fold nine times, three times in cup competitions. Their last visit here, last season, saw Celtic win 3-1 with goals from John Cofie, Ross Killock and Liam Dickinson giving Celtic a comfortable win. Their last league win was in Celtic's previous stint in the Northern Premier league, back in 2004, when Whitby won 3-1, Ian Monk's goal too little too late. In all nine matches, Celtic have won four, Whitby three and there have been two draws.
In their last match, the 1-0 away win over Mickleover, Whitby lined up as:
1. Jack Norton
2. Kieran Weledji
3. Daniel McWilliams
4. Adam Gell
5. Nathan Lowe
6. Alex White
7. Leon Scott
8. Dale Hopson
9. Bradley Fewston
10. Matthew Tymon
11. Callum Patton
In the Stalybridge Celtic's last match, the 2-1 away defeat to Farsley, Stalybridge Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Douglas Nyaupembe
4. Mark Lees
5. Chris Smalley
6. Liam Tongue
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Neil Kengni
10. Ross Dent
11. Michael Howard
A win could lift Celtic to thirteenth, with Matlock (at home to Basford), Grantham and Lancaster all within two points above Celtic. Whitby are almost within reach, and a win for Celtic would leave the visitors just one point above Celtic. Neither Marine nor Stafford are playing, but a loss could allow Marine to leapfrog Celtic, should they win their game in hand. The most important aspect of a win, is that it would virtually guarantee security, as although Bamber Bridge and Mickleover could, theoretically, reach forty-eight points, this would mean winning their last five games.
|Home win||Mickleover FC||4-0||Sat 20th Oct|
|Away win||Matlock Town||0-3||Tue 4th Sep|
|Home defeat||Matlock Town||1-3||Sat 15th Dec|
|Away defeat||Hyde United||3-0||Sat 23rd Feb|
|Home score||Basford United||4-1||Sat 2nd Mar|
|Away score||South Shields||5-2||Sat 26th Jan|