Match Preview :- Ashton United - Monday August 26th, 2019 (3:00PM)

On Bank Holiday Monday, Celtic make the short hop across Tameside to face recently relegated Ashton United. Ashton are currently twentieth after picking up one point in their opening three matches. They finished last season in twentieth, on thirty-five points, occupying the last relegation spot.

Last season they won nine (four at home) and drew eight (five at home) losing their other twenty-five matches (twelve at home). They scored forty-three goals (fourteen at home) and conceded eighty-six, joining FC United in a return to the Northern Premier League. Their best home result last season was a 3-0 win over Spennymoor, whilst their worst result was a 6-0 demolition by Stockport.

They started this season with a 2-2 draw at home to Atherton Colleries, Sam Sheridan getting both their goals. Their next two games were away from home and both losses, with only two late goals from Bamber Bridge denying them win after leading 2-1. Their away match at South Shields was a 3-0 defeat.

In their last match, the 3-2 away defeat at Bamber Bridge, Ashton lined up as:
1. Jon Worsnop
2. Kyle Harrison
3. Nicky Clee
4. Luca Havern
5. Jono Hunt
6. Sam Sheridan
7. Liam Tomsett
8. Chris Rowney
9. Steve Tames
10. Josh Wilson
11. James Hooper

In Celticís last match, the 0-0 home draw with West Didsbury and Chorlton in the FA Cup, Celtic lined up as:
1. Alex FojtŪček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Anthony Whitehead
5. Mark Lees
6. Stephen OíHalloran
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Ross Dent
9. Craig Hobson
10. Nathan Valentine
11. Neil Kengni

Ashtonís squad contains a number of ex-Celts, including manager Jody Banim, who played for Celtic in 2005 and again between 2009 and 2010. Also lining up for the Robins are Aaron Chalmers who played for Celtic between 2015 and 2017, and Sam Sheridan who came to Celtic for a short spell on loan from Altrincham.

Derbies rarely go with form as the last encounter between the two showed. During Celticís Month from Hell when we were playing four or five games a week at the end of the 2017/18 season. Celtic had been beaten the day before in the Cheshire Senior cup away ta Nantwich and Ashton were destined for promotion, only for Celtic to pull of a remarkable 2-1 win, with Jake Charles and Matty Wolfenden cancelling out Lewis Bains opener, it was Celticís only win in a run of ten games in two and a half weeks.

Going further back, in Celticís last five visits to Hurst Cross, we have won four of them and lost once. In our last ten league encounters, Celtic have won six, lost one and drawn three.

Table
P Pts
18 FC United Of Manchester 4 1
19 Atherton Collieries 3 1
20 Stafford Rangers 4 1
21 Buxton 4 1
22 Ashton United 4 1
Results
Mon 26 Aug 2019Stalybridge Celtic0-2
Sat 24 Aug 2019Bamber Bridge2-3
Tue 20 Aug 2019South Shields0-3
Sat 17 Aug 2019Atherton Collieries2-2
Goal Scorers
Sheridan, Samuel2
Chalmers, Aaron1
Wilson, Josh1
Previous Meetings
Tuesday November 12, 2019
1
2
Monday August 26, 2019
0
2
Tuesday April 17, 2018
1
2
Tuesday April 03, 2018
2
2
Saturday February 05, 2005
2
3
Records
Home win Never won at home
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Never lost at home
Away defeat South Shields3-0Tue 20th Aug
Home score Atherton Collieries2-2Sat 17th Aug
Away score Bamber Bridge3-2Sat 24th Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 111
Last Won n/an/an/a
Last Drew 111
Directions
Distance: 3
Time: 15 minutes

From Mottram Road, heading downhill away from Bower Fold, follow the road down and around (it will become Stamford Street).
At the lights with Wakefield Road (just over the railway bridge) stay on Stamford Street by bearing left.
At the next set of lights (a BP garage will be on your left) turn right onto Darnton Road.
The road curves around to the left.
Stamford Park will be on the left and right, and Tameside Hospital is on the right.
Just past Tameside hospital there is a set of traffic lights with a five way junction with Mosley Road and Queens Road.
Go straight ahead and to the right onto Queens Road (going clockwise this is road three of five).
After 400 yards, you will reach a set of traffic lights with an upside down church on your right, and the New Inn on your left.
Go straight through these lights.
Continue up Queens road (for 1/4 of a mile) past the Co-op on your right.
Just beyond the Co-op there is a set of traffic lights at Hurst Cross.
The ground is just here on the left just behind the library.
Parking is difficult, most people park just beyond the lights opposite the Texaco garage.

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