On Saturday, Celtic host Buxton for the second time in seven days this time in the Trophy (kick off 3pm). Buxton are currently eighth on twenty-five points, one place and one point below Celtic. Buxton have won only one away game all season, a 3-1 win over Mickleover, though they have only lost two, drawing the other six. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.
In the previous round, Buxton drew 3-3 at home to Kings Lynn, before winning the replay 2-1 in extra time. In the league, they have not won in their last five games, losing 4-0 away at Scarborough, but having four draws, including the last match, the 1-1 draw with Celtic, Neil Kengni cancelling out the somewhat controversial own goal by Michael Clarke. Their last win was at the start of October when they beat Grantham at home. It's been two months since their only away win: 3-1 over Mickleover Sports. The away draws and five home wins keeping them in the top half of the table.
A third of their goals have come just before half time, whilst eight of their conceded twenty goals have come in the last ten minutes. Though they have the fourth best defence in the league, they are scoring only a goal per game away from home (1.4 overall) and conceding 1.4 goals per game away, with their stingy home defence conceding only 0.7 goals per game. They do not have a head and shoulders leader in the goals chart, with Diego De Girolamo just ahead on four goals, and three different players on three goals each. They have kept one clean sheet on the road (their first away game this season, a goalless draw away at Nantwich); though they have scored in every home game, they have drawn a blank in three away games, most recently the loss at Scarborough.
We've not beaten Buxton at Bower Fold in the league since a 3-1 win back in the 1990/91 season, though they have only visited twice since then, resulting in a draw in the 1991/92 season and, most recently, a 1-0 loss last season thanks in large part to Celtic's wayward shooting, Buxton converting one of only two chances. The last meeting between the two teams was back in January when Buxton scored twice in the second half to overturn the two goals from Liam Dickinson and Jordan Chapell to finish the game 2-2.
Buxton's last game was the 1-1 draw with us. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Theo Roberts
2. Josh Meade
3. Alex Brown
4. Brad Roscoe
5. Greg Young
6. Scott Sephton
7. Oli Roberts
8. Gary Gee
9. Callum Chippendale
10. Liam Hardy
11. Kayde Coppin
In Celtic's last match, the 1-1 home draw with Buxton, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Ross Dent
5. Michael Clarke
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharp
10. Matthew Wolfenden
11. Tom Brown
Celtic are just about injury free ahead of the match, with just Danny Brady and James Caton the only doubts.
Unlike the last game, Celtic are now ahead of Buxton in the league. It will be interesting to see what both management teams have learned from the previous meeting to see how it alters the result. Our last win at Bower Fold was in the Trophy when we beat Nantwich, a team who we'd earlier drawn 1-1 with at home…
|1||De Girolamo, Diego||3||1||4||0||4|
|Home win||Stafford Rangers||4-1||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away win||Mickleover FC||1-3||Sat 1st Sep|
|Home defeat||Lancaster City||1-2||Sat 29th Sep|
|Away defeat||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|
|Home score||Stafford Rangers||4-1||Sat 15th Sep|
|Away score||Scarborough Athletic||4-0||Tue 16th Oct|