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Match Preview :- Grantham Town - Saturday April 27th, 2019 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Stalybridge Celtic have their final match of the season when we host Grantham Town (kick off 3pm). Grantham are currently seventeenth in the table, on forty-two points, three points and two places above Celtic and are now mathematically safe from relegation. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

After a great start to the season in which they lost only one game (3-1 away at Basford) in the opening eight, Grantham went on a seven game consecutive losing streak (one shy of Bamber Bridge's league record of eight consecutive losses and one more than our worst streak of six consecutive losses, which we are hopefully at the end of!). Things picked up for Grantham at the end of 2018, finish December strongly, losing two, winning four and drawing one. Since the turn of the year, Grantham have won three, losing eleven and drawing three in their last seventeen. Their last win was at home to Witton five games ago, whilst their last away win was a 3-2 win over Gainsborough on Boxing Day. They have drawn two of their last five away games, most recently at Lancaster. Their last away game was a 2-0 loss to Scarborough and their most recent game a 2-0 defeat by Gainsborough, they have conceded eight in their last three and scored none.

Grantham have the third worst attack in the league, scoring thirty-nine goals, just ahead of Workington and Mickleover Sports (who have the worst). Away from home, they have scored twenty goals away from home (fourth worst in the league). They score an average of a goal per game. They have the second worst defence, conceding seventy-one, just behind Matlock's seventy-five with the third worst away conceding record, with forty goals conceded on the road at a rate of 2.1 per game (1.8 overall). They have kept one clean sheet on the road (away at Marine at the start of September) from five and failed to score in seven away games (from fifteen). There is a three-way tie for top scorer this season, with Jack McGovern, Ryan Oliver and Daniel Durkin all on four each. Neil Kengni on his own has scored as many as all three.

We've met Grantham only three times. Last season it was a 0-0 draw, whilst their only visit to Bower Fold was a 3-1 win for Grantham with a consolation goal for Alex Honeyball in stoppage time. We went to Grantham in December this season, with Andy Scott grabbing the only goal early doors and never really looking troubled after that.

In their last match, the 2-0 home defeat by Gainsborough, Grantham lined up as:
1. Sam Andrew
2. Adam Smith
3. Connor Bartle
4. Obaro Edobar
5. Tom Ward
6. Michael Tweed
7. Chris Dawson
8. Jack McGovern
9. Jamie Jackson
10. Akeel Francis
11. Sam Grouse

In the Stalybridge Celtic's last match, the 1-0 away defeat to Hyde, 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. Greg Wilkinson
11. Andrew Scott

Ross Dent will be available after his three match suspension.

The season boils down to this game. Our survival is still in our hands. If we win, we stay up. If we lose or draw, we have to look to the Mickleover game, who are away at Bamber Bridge. Both Grantham and Bamber Bridge are safe, so both Celtic and Mickleover will have to get results. If Mickleover draw or lose, we stay up. If they win, and we draw or lose, they stay up, and we are relegated.

Table
P Pts
16 Bamber Bridge 40 42
17 Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18 Grantham Town 40 42
19 Mickleover FC 40 41
20 Marine 40 40
Results
Sat 27 Apr 2019Stalybridge Celtic0-1
Mon 22 Apr 2019Gainsborough Trinity0-2
Sat 20 Apr 2019Scarborough Athletic0-2
Sat 13 Apr 2019Farsley Celtic0-4
Sat 06 Apr 2019Lancaster City1-1
Goal Scorers
McGovern, Jack4
Oliver, Ryan4
Durkin, Daniel4
Barrows, Ross3
Watters, Max3
Previous Meetings
Saturday February 29, 2020
2
0
Tuesday September 24, 2019
3
2
Saturday April 27, 2019
1
0
Saturday December 22, 2018
0
1
Tuesday March 27, 2018
1
3
Records
Home win Matlock Town2-0Sat 23rd Feb
Away win Workington1-4Sat 17th Nov
Home defeat Stafford Rangers0-5Sat 19th Jan
Away defeat Matlock Town7-0Tue 23rd Oct
Home score Stafford Rangers0-5Sat 19th Jan
Away score Matlock Town7-0Tue 23rd Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 432
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 5310
Last Drew 111
Match Sponsor
Victoria Cable
Ball Sponsor
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Man of the Match Sponsor
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Programme Sponsor
Mike Brierley
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