On Saturday, Celtic travel to Liverpool to face Marine. Marine are currently seventeenth on twenty-eight points, six places and nine points behind Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.
After a run of eleven games without a win, Marine were skirting the drop zone, but three wins on the bounce and four wins in their last five have seen them start to climb away from the bottom four. Three of those four wins have been away from home, beating Bamber Bridge 2-1, North Ferriby 2-0 and (in their last match), Buxton 3-0. Their last home match was also a win, beating Lancaster 2-1. The other four of their last five home matches, though, have seen them lose two and draw two, with Farsley and Witton both winning in Crosby. Their home record, so far this season, has seen them play thirteen games, winning three, drawing four and losing six.
Only three teams have scored fewer goals at home, than Marine's thirteen, whilst they are conceding a typical amount at home. Craig Carney is their top scorer this season, scoring over a third of all their home games to top the leader's chart with five. Chris Doyle is right behind on four, whilst Liam Hynes is rapidly catching the pair of them, with three, including two in their last two matches. Marine score an average of a goal per game at home (1.1 overall), whilst conceding 1.4 goals per game at home (1.3 overall). They have kept three of their seven clean sheets at home, whilst failing to scorer five times at home (nine in total).
In the last thirty years, we've been to Marine fifteen times. Our last visit in October last season, finished 3-1 to Marine, a Liam Dickinson penalty scant consolation. Our previous league visit was out last win, back in March 2004, when we won 2-0 with goals from Chris Denham and Colin Potts, just a few weeks after dumping Marine out of the FA Cup in a thrilling FA Trophy replay match that we won 1-0 thanks to Phil Eastwood's second half corner conversion. In our last five league visits, Celtic have won four and lost the most recent.
In their last match, the impressive 3-0 away win over Buxton, Marine lined up as:
1. Joe Hilton
2. Sam Tattum
3. Charlie Edge
4. Danny Shaw
5. Chris Doyle
6. Liam Hynes
7. Kenny Strickland
8. Steve Irwin
9. Danny Mitchley
10. Niall Cummins
11. Craig Carney
In the Celtic's last match, the 1-0 home win over Hednesford, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Olly Marx
3. Douglas Nyaupembe
4. Greg Wilkinson
5. Chris Smalley
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glen Rule
9. Dan Cockerline
10. Andrew Scott
11. Michael Howard
Marine have recently brought in Blackburn Rovers youth defender, Sam Barnes and former Skelmersdale midfielder Will Dunne. Josh Solomon-Davies, Liam Tongue, Scott Wilson, Jack Taylor, Elliott Cooke and Chris Smalley all still doubts for the weekend.
A win for Celtic could see Celtic move up to seventh, with Buxton (at home to Nantwich), Basford (away at Hednesford), Matlock at home to Scarborough and Hyde (at home to Witton) all with tricky ties and within three points of Celtic. With Bamber Bridge trailing Celtic by four, a loss wouldn't see us drop any places.
Join the M60 clockwise towards Stockport.
Come off at Junction 11, and join the M62 heading towards Liverpool.
Stay on the M62 for 20 miles, coming off at junction 6 (M57 / Southport).
Stay on the M57 to the very end (10 miles) - Junction 7 (Ormskirk) A5036.
At the roundabout at the end of the motorway, turn left onto the A5036 (Dunnings Bridge Road).
After 2 1/2 miles there is a roundabout.
Go straight across, to stay on the A5063 (now called Princess Way).
After 1/2 a mile there is a big roundabout with the A565.
This is a peculiar junction, you have to go straight across, bear to the right and then to the left.
Follow signs for Crosby (A565).
Stay on the A565 (Crosby Road) for a mile to a set of lights.
Turn left onto College Road.
The ground is half a mile along College Road, on the left.