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Match Preview :- Workington - Saturday November 24th, 2018 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic travel are back in FA Trophy action at home to Workington (kick off 3pm). Workington have had a torrid time in the league this year, winning just two games leaving them deep in the depths of the bottom four, in twenty-first on ten points; sixteen points and twelve places below Celtic. There will be a match centre and Twitter feed for this game.

Workington's last win in the league was at the start of September, ten games ago, when they beat Matlock Town 3-1 in Workington to add to their only other victory this season, at home to Stafford, whom they beat 1-0. Away from home, they have had no wins, though they have had two draws, holding Hyde and Nantwich to goalless draws in October. Their lack of away wins also resulted in a 3-3 draw in the FA Trophy, when they travelled to Newcastle Town in the previous round. However, they did take them back to Workington and beat them 5-0 to set up this weekend's match. This win did not translate back into the league, when they lost 4-1 at home to Grantham in their last match.

Workington's top scorer is Jason Walker, with five goals, with four other scorers weighing in for Workington's tally of twelve this season, the worst attack in the league. Four of their league goals have come away from home, although scored in two games. With eight goals, they have scored almost as many in their previous round of the FA Trophy has they have in the league all season. On average, they score 0.5 goals per game away from home, 0.8 overall; whilst conceding at a rate of 1.5 goals per game (home and away). They have failed to score in six of their eight away games this season (seven times overall) and have kept two clean sheets away (and one at home).

Celtic's last meeting with Workington was earlier this season, when we won 1-0 at Bower Fold. Last season, Workington won 3-1 at Bower Fold (Oli Roberts scoring for Celtic) after the game was postponed by a day during Celtic's April from Hell when we had played eleven games already prior to meeting Workington. It had been a different story in Workington, when Celtic won 4-3, with Liam Dickinson, Greg Wilkinson and a brace from Connor Hughes enough to get Celtic over the very muddy finish line as winners. In the past thirty years, Workington have visited fifteen times, with Celtic winning six, losing six and drawing three. Workington have three times knocked us out of the FA cup in that period, beating us 5-0 at Bower Fold in 2007, whilst twice between 2002 and 2005 they held us to draws at Bower Fold to take us back to Workington and beat us.

In their last match, the 4-1 home defeat to Grantham Town, Workington lined up as:
1. Aaran Taylor
2. Jamie Mellen
3. Gari Rowntree
4. Sam Smith
5. Kyle May
6. Brad Hubbold
7. Sam Joel
8. Jordan Holt
9. Jason Walker
10. Scott Allison
11. Conor Tinnion

In the Celtic's last match, the 3-1 away defeat to Matlock, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paddy Wharton
2. Liam Tongue
3. Scott Wilson
4. Olly Marx
5. Danny Brady
6. Michael Clarke
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Glenn Rule
9. Chris Sharp
10. Greg Wilkinson
11. Ross Dent

This is a good chance for Celtic to progress, with Workington struggling away from home, but our cup history with them should introduce a note of caution Jake Turner will be back for Celtic, with Paddy Wharton returning to Tranmere. Olly Marx is suspensed, followinfg his red card against Matlock. Otherwise Celtic are now back up to full strength.

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