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Match Preview :- Hyde United - Wednesday December 26th, 2018 (15:00:00)

On Boxing Day (Wednesday, if you're losing track of the days), Celtic host Hyde United in the Boxing Day derby. Hyde are currently two places and two points above Celtic in tenth on thirty-two points. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.

After a rocky start to the season that saw them win their opening game against Basford, then fail to win for the next six games, they have recovered and steadily climbed the table losing only four games since. Their last loss was a couple of weeks ago when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Nantwich, whilst their last away loss was at the end of November, when they lost 2-1 to Warrington. Their last away game was a 2-0 win over Scarborough, so in their last five away games, they have won two (the other was Stafford back in October), drawn 0-0 with Marine and lost two (the other was a 2-1 loss to Lancaster).

Hyde's top scorer this season is Connor Simpson on six goals, though Tom Pratt is right behind him on five. Away from home, Hyde have scored ten goals, at a rate of 0.9 goals per game, keeping four clean sheets and failing to score four times, though they have only conceded nine goals away at a rate of 0.8 goals per game. Overall, they have scored twenty-nine at a rate of 1.3 goals per game and conceded twenty-one at a rate of a goal per game, keeping nine clean sheets and failing to score six times.

Over the years, we've played Hyde a lot. The last league meeting between the two sides at Bower Fold was New Year's Day 2015 when we won 7-1 with a Paul Ennis hat-trick, a brace from James Cadman, a debut goal from Darius Osei and a masterclass culminating with a goal from the now England and Everton striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Hyde's last win here was in 2011, when they won 3-1. In their last five league visits, Hyde have won three and Celtic two. The last time the two teams met at Bower Fold in the Northern Premier League was back on New Year's Day in 2003 when Celtic won 6-0. A repeat of that would be something to see!

In their last match, the 3-0 home win over North Ferriby United, Hyde lined up as:
1. Peter Crook
2. Dominic Smalley
3. Kyle Brownhill
4. Ross Daly
5. John McCombe
6. Jordan Fagbola
7. Tom Pratt
8. Janni Lipka
9. Connor Simpson
10. Nicky Platt (played for Celtic in 2008/09)
11. Jerome Wright

In the Celtic's last match, the 1-0 away win over Grantham, 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. Andrew Scott
11. Matty Wolfenden

Only Bamber Bridge are capable of catching Celtic, should we lose to Hyde, they are at home to Marine. Should Celtic win, we would at least leapfrog Hyde, and also possibly Whitby, should they lose away at Farsley. This would mean Celtic going into 2019 in the top ten!

P Pts
8 Matlock Town 23 35
9 Buxton 22 34
10 Hyde United 22 30
11 Stalybridge Celtic 23 28
12 Whitby Town 23 27
Wed 26 Dec 2018Stalybridge Celtic2-2
Sat 15 Dec 2018Nantwich Town1-2
Sat 08 Dec 2018Scarborough Athletic2-0
Sat 01 Dec 2018Grantham Town3-0
Sat 24 Nov 2018Warrington Town1-2
Goal Scorers
Pratt, Tom5
Simpson, Connor5
Chilaka, Chib4
McCombe, John4
Platt, Nicolas3
Previous Meetings
Thursday December 26, 2019
Monday April 22, 2019
Wednesday December 26, 2018
Tuesday September 18, 2018
Saturday July 15, 2017
Home win Grantham Town3-0Sat 1st Dec
Away win Scarborough Athletic0-2Sat 8th Dec
Home defeat Gainsborough Trinity1-3Sat 13th Oct
Away defeat Warrington Town2-1Sat 24th Nov
Home score South Shields4-1Tue 16th Oct
Away score Stafford Rangers1-3Sat 20th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 112
Last Won 221
Last Drew 112
Match Sponsor
Steve McGreal & Guests
Ball Sponsor
Ball sponsor
0161 338 2828
Man of the Match Sponsor
MG Domestic
Programme Sponsor
Key Holidays & Andrew Betts & Guests
Main club sponsor
Dream Bi-Folding Doors Official Shirt Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Warm-up Kit Sponsor
Mulgrew Haulage - Official Warm-up Kit Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Site Sponsor
MG Domestic - Official Site Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Hospitality Providers
Bower Fold Events - hospitality providers