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Match Preview :- Grantham Town - Saturday December 22nd, 2018 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic travel to Grantham. Grantham are three places and two points behind Celtic in the table, in fifteenth on twenty-five points, although they have a game in hand on us. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.

After finishing in the play-offs last season, Grantham's form this year has been somewhat worse. They have not won at home since they beat Whitby at the end of September, with a seven game losing streak stretching through the whole of October that is a current league record for the most consecutive losses this season. Their last home game was a 1-1 draw with Marine, whilst their last match was a 3-1 away win over Mickleover, suggesting they may have turned a corner. They hold the current league record for the highest away loss, when Matlock put seven past them without reply. They did get to fourth in the table, at the end of September, but it has been downhill since then.

Grantham's top scorer this season is currently a three-way tie between Dan Durkin, Max Watters and Oliver Ryan who all have four apiece. Combined, they have scored about a half of all of Grantham's twenty-six goals, which have come equally between home and away, giving them a goal per game ratio of 1.2. They have scored in all but two home games, and kept two clean sheets at home, and though they have conceded forty goals in total, only sixteen of these were at home, so they are conceding at a rate of 1.4 goals per game at home from 1.9 overall. With nine goals scored around the hour mark, this is their most prolific period, whilst the last quarter of an hour has seen them concede sixteen goals.

We've yet to meet Grantham this season at Bower Fold and last season they came at the end of March when they beat us 3-1, with Alex Honeyball getting a late consolation. Our last visit there was in October, when we held them to a goalless draw, almost nicking it when Liam Dickinson blazed over from five yards out.

In their last match, the 3-1 away win over Mickleover Sports, Grantham lined up as:
1. Jordan Wright
2. Ross Barrows
3. Oliver Loto
4. Fernando Bell-Toxtle
5. Charlie Ward
6. Chris Salt
7. Danny Durkin
8. Ryley Thompson
9. Shaun Harrad
10. Tom Siddons
11. Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson

In the Celtic's last match, the heartbreaking 3-2 away loss at South Shields, Celtic lined up as:
1. Jake Turner
2. Liam Tongue
3. Jack Taylor
4. Ross Dent
5. Olly Marx
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Neil Kengni
10. Matty Wolfenden
11. Andrew Scott

Glenn Rule will be available after his suspension, with Michael Clarke having a fitness test after missing the last match through an injury picked up in the pre-match warm-up.

A win could see Celtic climb two places, depending on Hyde's result at home to North Ferriby and Whitby's match at home to Gainsborough. Four teams are within three points of Celtic, should we lose, including Grantham, who would definitely leapfrog us, whilst Bamber Bridge are away at Mickleover, Hednesford at home to Witton and Stafford would have to win by two goals or more away at Matlock for the worst case scenario of dropping to sixteenth.

Table
P Pts
13 Hednesford Town 23 25
14 Bamber Bridge 20 24
15 Grantham Town 20 24
16 Witton Albion 17 23
17 Stafford Rangers 21 21
Results
Sat 22 Dec 2018Stalybridge Celtic0-1
Sat 15 Dec 2018Mickleover FC3-1
Sat 08 Dec 2018Marine1-1
Sat 01 Dec 2018Hyde United0-3
Sat 17 Nov 2018Workington4-1
Goal Scorers
Oliver, Ryan4
McGovern, Jack3
Durkin, Daniel3
Watters, Max3
Hollingsworth, Michael3
Previous Meetings
Saturday February 29, 2020
2
0
Tuesday September 24, 2019
3
2
Saturday April 27, 2019
1
0
Saturday December 22, 2018
0
1
Tuesday March 27, 2018
1
3
Records
Home win Whitby Town3-2Sat 29th Sep
Away win Workington1-4Sat 17th Nov
Home defeat Warrington Town0-2Sat 3rd Nov
Away defeat Matlock Town7-0Tue 23rd Oct
Home score Nantwich Town2-3Tue 16th Oct
Away score Matlock Town7-0Tue 23rd Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 161
Last Drew 212
Directions
Distance: 89
Time: 2 hours

Take the Woodhead Pass (A628) to the M1 and join south bound at junction 35A.
Stay on the M1 for 13 miles to junction 31 (A57, Worksop).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A57.
Stay on the A57 for 14 miles to the A1 roundabout and join the A1 toward Newark and Lincoln.
Stay on the A1 for 34 miles to ther A607 exit (Grantham, Melton Mowbary).
At the roundabout, turn left (1 of 4) onto Swingbridge Road.
After half a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (1 of 3) onto Trent Road.
After half a mile, at the roundabout, turn right (2 of 3) and the club is here.

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Hospitality Providers
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