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Match Preview :- Basford United - Saturday April 6th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Stalybridge Celtic face Basford United (kick off 3pm). Basford are currently eighth in the table on fifty points, eight places and eleven points above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for the game.

Basford have won four, drawn three and lost three of their last ten matches, with their last win being a home match over Bamber Bridge that they won 1-0. Their last away win was in mid-February when they beat Workington 3-0, with their last two away games both being 2-2 draws against Matlock and Witton. After the win over Workington, you have to go back to their end of October match away at Bamber Bridge for their previous away win, when they beat Bamber Bridge 4-0. Their only other away win this season was at Marine, a game they won 4-1. When they have won away, they have done so comfortably. Basford have lost ten of their sixteen away matches this season.

Though Basford have scored seventy-one goals so far this season, two thirds of them were at home, with twenty-six scored on the road. Conceding has been fifty-fifty, with thirty-two of their sixty-three goals coming on the road. They score an average of 1.5 goals per game on the road, from two per game overall, whilst conceding at a rate of 1.9 goals per away game and 1.8 overall. Two of their six clean sheets have been on the road (both wins), whilst three of their five failures to score were away (both losses). They have yet to have a goalless game. The league's top scorer plays for Basford, with Nathan Watson on nineteen goals. On his own, he has nearly half of all Basford's away goals, and a third of all their second half goals. James Reid and Matthew Thornhill are his closest rivals, but their eight goals apiece combined aren't as many as Watson has scored alone.

This is Basford's first visit to Bower Fold, although the two teams met in Basford on an exceedingly windy day, with the game finishing 5-2 with Scott Bakkor from the spot and Matthew Wolfenden smashing home Chris Sharp's layoff, but with Basford using the wind much better than Celtic, and Watson not getting on the score sheet at all.

In their last match, the 1-0 away win over Mickleover, Whitby lined up as:
1. Kieran Preston
2. Liam Bateman
3. Ryan Wilson
4. Brad Gascoigne
5. Stefan Galinski ()
6. Lewis Carr
7. Jack Thomas
8. Matthew Thornhill
9. Liam Hearn
10. Nathan Watson
11. Courey Graham

In the Stalybridge Celtic's last match, the 1-0 home defeat to Whitby, Stalybridge Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Douglas Nyaupembe
4. Mark Lees
5. Chris Smalley
6. Liam Tongue
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Neil Kengni
10. Ross Dent
11. Michael Howard

A win could lift Celtic to thirteenth, with Matlock (at home to Warrington), Grantham and Lancaster (playing each other) all within two points above Celtic. Marine (away at Whitby) is within three points of Celtic, so a loss could allow Marine to leapfrog Celtic, but Stafford aren't playing this weekend due to the loss of North Ferriby. The most important aspect of a win, is that it would virtually guarantee security, as Bamber Bridge, Mickleover and Workington are running out of games.

Table
P Pts
6 Buxton 36 58
7 Scarborough Athletic 36 55
8 Basford United 36 53
9 Hyde United 37 49
10 Witton Albion 35 49
Results
Sat 06 Apr 2019Stalybridge Celtic2-0
Tue 02 Apr 2019Matlock Town2-2
Sat 30 Mar 2019Bamber Bridge1-0
Sat 23 Mar 2019Witton Albion2-2
Sat 16 Mar 2019Gainsborough Trinity0-1
Goal Scorers
Watson, Nathan19
Reid, James8
Thornhill, Matthew8
Goodson, Zak5
Thomas, Jack5
Previous Meetings
Saturday January 18, 2020
2
3
Monday September 09, 2019
3
0
Saturday April 06, 2019
0
2
Saturday October 13, 2018
5
2
Records
Home win Matlock Town6-0Mon 10th Sep
Away win Bamber Bridge0-4Sat 20th Oct
Home defeat Hyde United3-8Sat 5th Jan
Away defeat Whitby Town4-1Sat 2nd Mar
Home score Hyde United3-8Sat 5th Jan
Away score Whitby Town4-1Sat 2nd Mar
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 121
Last Won 214
Last Drew 121
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