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Match Preview :- Warrington Town - Saturday April 20th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Stalybridge Celtic have their penultimate home match when we host Warrington Town (kick off 3pm). Warrington are currently third mathematically ensured of a top-three finish and four points off top spot with seventy-nine points. They are fifteen places and forty points above Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Warrington have won two thirds of their games this season, losing only three times away and six times overall. They lost 1-0 away at Scarborough, 2-1 at Nantwich and 1-0 at Hednesford. With four wins on the trot, most recently 2-0 at home to Scarborough. Their most recent away game was also a win, 2-0 at Matlock. They last dropped points in their previous away game when they drew 1-1 at Stafford, the week after losing 3-2 at home to Stafford. Their last away loss was at the beginning of the year when they lost 1-0 at Scarborough. Their last five away games have been four wins and a draw. The five games between mid-October and mid-November were their worst spell, winning one, losing three and drawing once.

Warrington have not conceded a goal in their last three matches and hold the league record for the most consecutive clean sheets, keeping eight clean sheets between the end of August and the start of October, with two draws and six wins. In total they have kept sixteen clean sheets (highest in the league) with seven of them on the road. Conceding just thirty goals all season gives Warrington the best defence in the league. Fifteen of their conceded goals have come away from home at a rate of 0.8 per game. To add to this, they have the fourth best attack in the league, scoring sixty-five goals (thirty-four away) at a rate of 1.8 goals per game (1.9 away). They have failed to score in three away matches and six overall. Josh Amis is narrowly ahead in the goal scoring chart, with twelve, though Tony Gray is right behind on eleven and Jack Mackreth is not far behind either, on ten. In the two away games they have been losing at half time, they won neither.

Celtic have a remarkable record against Warrington. They have never beaten us. Even last season, Celtic beat Warrington home (2-0) and away (1-0). At home a magnificent end to the first half saw two goals, thanks to a Liam Dickinson penalty and Connor Hughes's low cross finding an unmarked Greg Wilkinson. Away, it was an own goal from form Celtic custodian, Tony McMillan, that ended the stalemate. Earlier this season, Celtic held Warrington to their only goalless draw at home this season. Warrington have only been to Bower Fold twice, both games finishing 2-0 to Celtic. In total, the two teams have met seven times in the last forty years, with Celtic winning six and drawing one.

In their last match, the 2-0 home win over Scarborough, Warrington lined up as:
1. Tony McMillan (played for Celtic in the 15/16 season)
2. Mitch Duggan
3. Adam Hughes
4. Ben Garrity
5. Mark Roberts
6. David Raven
7. Marcus Cusani
8. Robbie Evans
9. Tony Gray
10. Josh Amis
11. Jack Dunn

In the Stalybridge Celtic's last match, the 1-0 away defeat to Hednesford, Stalybridge Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Gareth Roberts
4. Mark Lees
5. Chris Smalley
6. Liam Tongue
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Greg Wilkinson
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Michael Howard

Ross Dent missed the last match through suspension, and will also miss Warrington and Hyde.

A win could lift Celtic to fifteenth and all but mathematical safety. Grantham (away at Scarborough), Stafford (at home to South Shields) and Marine (away at Basford) are all within three points. Mickleover aren't playing (this is their blank Saturday), but a loss for Celtic could see Bamber Bridge (at home to Matlock) go above us on goal difference leaving Celtic perilously close to the bottom two going into the final two games. For the conspiracy theorists among you, Bamber Bridge's last game was a win, keeping their hopes alive, when they beat Hyde 2-0 in Hyde.

Mickleover can get a maximum of 44 points, but only by beating Bamber Bridge, who can then only get forty-two points. They do have a better goal difference than us, meaning that three points might not be enough. If Bamber Bridge get their maximum by wining their three remaining games, they would be on 45, meaning Mickleover would have to beat Basford in Mickleover to also go above Celtic. A draw could leave them on thirty-nine, but Celtic are nine goals better on goal-difference. Basically, the future is still in Celtic's hands, but we need to ensure we see it stays that way.

Table
P Pts
1 Farsley Celtic 38 84
2 Warrington Town 38 82
3 South Shields 38 81
4 Nantwich Town 38 69
5 Gainsborough Trinity 38 62
Results
Sat 20 Apr 2019Stalybridge Celtic2-1
Sat 13 Apr 2019Scarborough Athletic2-0
Tue 09 Apr 2019Whitby Town1-0
Sat 06 Apr 2019Matlock Town2-0
Sat 30 Mar 2019Gainsborough Trinity2-1
Goal Scorers
Gray, Tony12
Amis, Joshua12
Mackreth, Jack11
Dunn, Jack7
Vassallo, Dylan6
Previous Meetings
Saturday March 07, 2020
0
2
Saturday October 19, 2019
1
2
Saturday April 20, 2019
1
2
Saturday August 25, 2018
0
0
Saturday March 24, 2018
2
0
Records
Home win Grantham Town3-0Sat 26th Jan
Away win Mickleover FC1-4Sat 2nd Mar
Home defeat Farsley Celtic0-2Sat 18th Aug
Away defeat Scarborough Athletic1-0Sat 12th Jan
Home score Nantwich Town3-3Sat 23rd Feb
Away score Farsley Celtic3-3Sat 5th Jan
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 432
Last Won 111
Last Drew 542
Match Sponsor
Brother UK
Ball Sponsor
Keith Smart & Guests
Man of the Match Sponsor
MG Domestic
Programme Sponsor
Ian Milligan & Guests
Sponsors
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