On Saturday (kick off 3pm), Celtic face Morpeth for the first time this season, although, had the game gone ahead on Thursday, it would be the second time! Morpeth are currently eighth in the league on forty-eight points, four places and six points ahead of twelfth placed Celtic, having played five games fewer.
Morpeth have played fewer games than every other team, four or five games behind the rest of the league, putting them in something of a false position. They are currently four points off the top five, and will be fancying their chances of making a late run into the top five despite having to cram so many games into the last seven weeks of the season. They had an inconsistent start, winning four of their opening ten, but only losing two, drawing four. After Christmas, they kicked off the New Year with one win in four, losing three, but since then have gone on an unbeaten run. In their last seven, they won five and drawn two, winning three and drawing one of their last five away games, their last away match was a draw at Matlock. Their last away loss was at the end of January when they lost 1-0 to Basford.
They start each half strongly, scoring nine in the opening fifteen and eleven at the start of the second half, and with ten in the last ten minutes, they finish strongly too. They are scoring an average of 1.5 goals per away game and 1.8 overall, failing to score in three away matches, netting a total of forty-eight (twenty-three away), and have the fourth best attack in the league. Two of their five clean sheets have come way, with their defence conceding twenty-three away from thirty-seven in total, at a rate of 1.5 goals per game (1.4 overall), putting them just outside the top five defences. Joseph Walton is just about leading their top scorer chart with ten, though Liam Henderson is right behind on eight.
Morpeth’s last match was the 2-1 home win over Hyde. In that match, they lined up as:
1. Daniel Lowson
2. Jeffrey Henderson
3. Christopher Reid
4. Liam Noble
5. Ryan Hutchinson
6. Michael Turner
7. Joseph Walton
8. Sam Hodgson
9. Liam Henderson
10. Carl Finnigan
11. Wayne Phillips
In Celtic’s last match, the 2-0 home defeat to Warrington Town, Celtic lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtícèk
2. Declan Walker
3. Scott Metcalfe
4. Max Taylor
5. Stephen O’Halloran
6. Chris Smalley
7. Jonathan Ustabasi
8. Paddy LAcey
9. Chris Holroyd
10. Ross Dent
11. Alfons Fosu-Mensah
Craig Hobson is back from suspension giving the gaffer something of a selection headache.
Bamber Bridge are the only team within three points of Celtic, and they’re at home to Gainsborough, who are within three points of Celtic, allowing us to overtake them if both us and Bamber Bridge win. Hyde are the only other team within three points, and they are away at Mickleover, so we could get back into the top ten with a win.
|Home win||Warrington Town||4-0||Sat 21st Dec|
|Away win||Atherton Collieries||1-5||Sat 8th Feb|
|Home defeat||Ashton United||1-4||Sat 18th Jan|
|Away defeat||Lancaster City||4-1||Sat 4th Jan|
|Home score||Witton Albion||3-2||Sat 7th Mar|
|Away score||Atherton Collieries||1-5||Sat 8th Feb|