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Match Preview :- South Shields - Saturday December 15th, 2018 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic travel to the North East to face South Shields. South Shields have a hundred percent record at home, winning every match. Their away record hasn't been as good, leaving them just outside the top five in seventh on thirty-four points, seven points and five places above Celtic, although they have played three games less. There will be a Twitter feed for this game, but no score centre.

South Shields are four points and two places off the play offs, with two games in hand on the two teams above them (Gainsborough and Basford), meaning that winning those games would put them back in the play-off spots. Their home form is by far and away the best in the league, with eight wins from eight, scoring twenty-five goals and conceding just three. Away from home they have won three, drawn one but lost six, keeping them out of the top five. Their last five games have seen them win four and draw one, the most recent game a goalless away draw with Nantwich. Their last home game was a 5-0 thrashing of Matlock, presumably to make up for conceding two goals in the previous home match when Mickleover visited, the winner coming in stoppage time.

They have no out and out goal scorer, with three players on five goals each, Carl Flannigan the danger man in home matches, having scored all five at home. Their goals are coming at a rate of 3.1 goals per game at home (and two per game overall), with six clean sheets at home from ten overall. They have scored in every home match, and conceded just three goals all season at home, in just two matches at a rate of 0.4 goals per game, 1.1 per game overall. South Shield's most dangerous period is in the last ten minutes, when they have scored seven goals, whilst their highest conceding period comes in the last fifteen minutes, with ten goals conceded.

We have already met South Shields this season, when they won their first away game, beating us 1-0 at Bower Fold. We've never visited South Shields.

In their last match, the 0-0 away draw with Nantwich, South Shields lined up as:
1. Liam Connell
2. Craig Baxter
3. Blair Adams
4. Jon Shaw
5. Dillon Morse
6. Phil Turnbull
7. Gavin Cogdon
8. Robert Briggs
9. Lee Mason
10. Carl Finnigan
11. Nathan Lowe

In the Celtic's last match, the 2-2 home draw with Stafford, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jake Turner
2. Joshua Solomon Davies
3. Elliott Cook
4. Liam Tongue
5. Chris Smalley
6. Michael Clarke
7. Jamal Crawford
8. Ross Dent
9. Scott Bakkor
10. Andrew Scott
11. Neil Kengni

Glenn Rule will be serving the final game of his suspension and is unavailable.

Two teams are within three points above Celtic, Hyde and Whitby, so inflicting South Shields first home loss since New Year's Day (they were beaten by Scarborough) could let us rise above Hyde and Whitby depending on their results against Nantwich and Matlock; whilst two teams are within three points below Celtic, Bamber Bridge and Hednesford. With Bamber Bridge playing in the Trophy, a loss could see Celtic drop one place, if Hednesford beat Stafford.

P Pts
1 Nantwich Town 22 43
2 South Shields 18 37
3 Farsley Celtic 17 36
4 Gainsborough Trinity 20 35
5 Scarborough Athletic 20 34
Sat 15 Dec 2018Stalybridge Celtic3-2
Sat 08 Dec 2018Nantwich Town0-0
Sat 01 Dec 2018Matlock Town5-0
Sat 17 Nov 2018Mickleover FC3-2
Sat 03 Nov 2018Whitby Town1-0
Goal Scorers
Briggs, Robert5
Finnigan, Carl5
Gillies, Joshua5
Cogdon, Gavin5
Foley, David4
Previous Meetings
Saturday February 01, 2020
Tuesday October 29, 2019
Tuesday October 08, 2019
Saturday December 15, 2018
Tuesday September 04, 2018
Home win Matlock Town5-0Sat 1st Dec
Away win Matlock Town0-3Sat 15th Sep
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat Hyde United4-1Tue 16th Oct
Home score Matlock Town5-0Sat 1st Dec
Away score Hyde United4-1Tue 16th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 212
Last Conceded 323
Last Won 212
Last Drew 6n/a3
Distance: 140
Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Take the M60 to junction 18 and join the M62 towards Leeds.
Stay on the M62 for 25 miles to junction 29 (M1/M621) and join the M1.
Stay on the M1 for 10 miles and join the A1(M).
Stay on the A1(M) for 82 miles to the A194(M).
After 4 miles, continue straight across the roundabout onto the A194.
Stay on teh A194 for 3 miles and turn left onto Shaftsbury Avenue.
The club is on the right.

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