On Saturday, Celtic travel to Buxton for the league clash. Buxton are currently eighth on thirty-nine points, three places and one point above Celtic, though they have two games in hand. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this match.
Buxton lost just three in their opening sixteen games, with a run of seven unbeaten. Six wins and three draws lifted them to third in the table. That run of games finished with a 1-1 draw at Bower Fold against Celtic, and though they have won four of their last ten, they have also lost four, including their most recent home game that saw them suffer a 3-0 defeat at home to Marine. Their last win at home was the previous game, when they beat Whitby 2-0, but their recent home form has been nowhere near their early season successes, notching up only one other win (a 5-0 defeat of Mickleover), whilst they have lost to Bamber Bridge and Witton Albion. This more recent form has seen them slowly slide out of the top five. Any game they have been losing at half time, they go onto lose.
Buxton's thirty-five goals is the lowest tally of any team in the top half, putting them in the bottom eight of goal scorers, though most of these goals have come at home, scoring twenty-one on their home plastic-turf, at a rate of 1.6 goals per game (1.4 overall). They are top five when it comes to defending, however, conceding thirty-two, split equally home and away, at a rate of 1.2 goals per game. Buxton have kept six clean sheets at home, the most recent the 2-0 win over Whitby. They have failed to score three times at home, most recently in their last match, the 3-0 defeat by Marine. With six goals, Liam Hardy is leading the chart, two ahead of Bradley Roscoe and Diego De Girolamo.
Our last visit to Buxton was earlier this season when we faced them in the FA Trophy replay back in November when we won 2-1 thanks to goals from Liam Tongue and Chris Sharp after a goalless draw at Bower Fold. Our last visit in the league was last season, when we drew 2-2 when they came back after Celtic's half time lead through Liam Dickinson and Jordan Chapell. In our last five league visits, we have won one, lost two and drawn two.
In their last match, the 3-0 away defeat to Marine, Buxton lined up as:
1. Theo Roberts
2. Brad Roscoe
3. Alex Brown
4. Nico De Girolamo
5. Tom Dean
6. Ashley Young
7. Scott Sephton
8. Gary Gee (played for Celtic in the 16/17 season)
9. James Dean (played for Celtic in the 07/08 season)
10. Liam Hardy
11. John Pritchard
In the Celtic's last match, the 1-1 away draw also with Marine, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Douglas Nyaupembe
4. Ross Dent
5. Chris Smalley
6. Olly Marx
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glen Rule
9. Dan Cockerline
10. Neil Kengni
11. Andrew Scott
Josh Solomon-Davies, Scott Wilson, Jack Taylor and Elliott Cooke are all still doubts for the weekend.
A win for Celtic could see Celtic move up to seventh, definitely leapfrogging Buxton, with Basford (away at North Ferriby), Matlock (at home to Nantwich) and Hyde (at home to Marine) all within two points of Celtic. Only Whitby can catch Celtic if we lose, and they beat South Shields at South Shields.
|2=||De Girolamo, Diego||3||1||4||0||4|
|Home win||Mickleover FC||5-0||Sat 8th Dec|
|Away win||Mickleover FC||1-3||Sat 1st Sep|
|Home defeat||Witton Albion||0-5||Sat 17th Nov|
|Away defeat||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|
|Home score||Mickleover FC||5-0||Sat 8th Dec|
|Away score||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|