Hyde won eight home games, drawn two and lost nine. Most recently they were beaten 2-0 by Bamber Bridge at home, following it with a 1-1 draw away at Farsley. Their last home win was a 5-2 over Stafford. Their home form since the start of the year has been very Celtic-like with three wins, a draw and five losses. Their last five home matches have seen them win two, as well as Stafford they beat Whitby 3-0 at the end of February. The other three were losses, with Lancaster and Farsley both beating Hyde 2-1.
Chib Chilaka is Hyde's top scorer this season, with eleven, though Tom Pratt has one game left to take that title, being close behind on nine. On average they score 1.6 goals per game at home, and 1.5 overall, finding the net thirty times at Ewen Fields from fifty-seven overall and failing to score in just three of their home matches, most recently their last home match. With twenty-six of their fifty-three goals conceded at home, they concede equally split between home and away, at a rate of 1.4 goals per game, keeping six of their eleven clean sheets at home, most recently their 3-0 home win over Whitby back in February. Their most impressive win was an 8-3 win away at Basford, whilst their 5-3 home win over Stafford was their highest number of goals at home. Whilst they have failed to score in the three of their last five matches thanks to that 5-3, they have scored six and conceded eleven in their last five.
We have a long history with Hyde, seeing us win in thirteen of our last twenty-seven visits to Ewen Fields (including friendlies). Our most recent win was in the Conference North in 2014 when we won 4-2 thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring twice and setting up Paul Ennis and Kevin Holsgrove in the season Hyde were on their way to the Northern Premier League. We visited in the Integro Cup earlier in the season, leaving at our first match when Hyde beat us 4-2. Hyde's last league win over us at Ewen Fields was when they won 3-1 New Year's Day 2012 on their way to the Conference National. Earlier this season when the two teams met on Boxing Day, the game finished 2-2 after a disastrous two minutes allowed Hyde back into the match and pull level.
Hyde's last match, the 1-1 draw away at Farsley saw Hyde line up as:
1. Peter Crook
2. Dominic Smalley
3. Jack McConville
4. Matty Hughes
5. John McCombe
6. Jordan Fagbola
7. Darren McKnight
8. Janni Lipka
9. Chib Chilaka
10. Nicky Platt
11. Kyle Brownhill
Celtic's last match, the 2-1 home defeat to Warrington, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Josh Solomon-Davies
3. Dougie Nyaupembe
4. Greg Wilkinson
5. Chris Smalley
6. Liam Tongue
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Neil Kengni
10. Matty Wolfenden
11. Michael Howard
Ross Dent is suspended for the match against Hyde, returning for the final game of the season against Grantham.
If ever there was a time for Celtic to pull one out of the bag, it's on Monday. Hyde will be mid-table regardless of what happens, so Celtic are the team with everything to play for; and they must. A win would give us a great chance at ensuring survival, especially if either Bamber Bridge (away at Marine) and Mickleover (at home to Basford) drop points, with Bamber Bridge and Mickleover playing each other on the final day of the season, if we are above them both by 5pm on Monday, we will be safe, otherwise, we will also have to win on Saturday.
|Home win||Whitby Town||3-0||Sat 23rd Feb|
|Away win||Basford United||3-8||Sat 5th Jan|
|Home defeat||Bamber Bridge||0-2||Sat 13th Apr|
|Away defeat||South Shields||4-0||Sat 23rd Mar|
|Home score||Stafford Rangers||5-3||Sat 30th Mar|
|Away score||Basford United||3-8||Sat 5th Jan|