Match Preview :- Radcliffe - Saturday September 21st, 2019 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic play our re-arranged league match when we host Radcliffe Borough (kick off 3pm). Radcliffe are currently bottom of the Northern Premier League Premier nine places and five points behind Celtic on two points having played two games less.

Last season, Radcliffe came up after winning the play offs (beating Leek Town in the final), having spent much of the season in the top five. This season, their start has been somewhat stuttering, but they have played the fewest games in the league, having played half as many as Buxton and Stafford who share the bottom three with them. Their games so far this season have seen them draw twice and lose twice, most recently drawing 1-1 at home to Warrington last weekend. They have only played one away game, away at Basford at the end of August, which they lost 1-0. Their games this season have so far been quite low scoring, with their other draw also being a 1-1 home draw with FC United and a 1-0 home loss to South Shields.

Former Celt, Matty Wolfenden, and Tyrese Sinclair are the only scorers for Radcliffe so far this season. They have not scored away from home, and are scoring 0.3 goals per game overall. They average conceding one goal a game, having conceded one in every match so far.

The last time the two teams met in the league was in the 2003/04 season, with Radcliffe winning both games. They beat us 2-0 at Bower Fold, and 3-2 at their place. Last season they knocked us out of the FA Cup when they beat us 1-0 in Radcliffe. Our last competitive win over them was in the Manchester Premier Cup in 2016, we won 3-1 at Bower Fold with goals from Alex Johnson, Dale Wright and Aidan Chippendale cancelling out Steve Foster’s opener. Our only other competitive meeting was in the League Cup back in 2001, which Celtic also won.

Radcliffe’s most recent game was in the Manchester Cup when they beat Droylsden 4-0 midweek after Droylsden went down to ten men early on. In that match, Radcliffe lined up as:
1. Ollie Martin
2. Javid Swaby-Neavin
3. Scott Metcalfe
4. Tom Brown
5. Rick Smith
6. Matty Hughes
7. Tyrese Sinclair
8. Kinglsey Williams
9. Danny Mitchley
10. Matthew Crothers
11. Sam Billington

Celtic will be once again up to full strength with the return of Craig Hobson, who has served the last of his three match ban, also joining is former Celtic striker Darius Osei. In our last match, the 2-1 home defeat to Atherton, Celtic lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Jack O’Leary
5. Adam Freeland
6. Stephen O’Halloran
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Ross Dent
9. Liam MacDevitt
10. Anthony Whitehead
11. Neil Kengni

Celtic need to come out of their mini-slump sooner rather than later. Hopefully this can be achieved this weekend. Celtic could rise into the top ten with a win. With no other games this weekend, a loss would not see us drop any places.

Table
P Pts
16 FC United Of Manchester 7 6
17 Scarborough Athletic 7 6
18 Radcliffe 5 5
19 Ashton United 6 5
20 Gainsborough Trinity 6 4
Results
Sat 21 Sep 2019Stalybridge Celtic3-1
Sat 14 Sep 2019Warrington Town1-1
Sat 31 Aug 2019Basford United0-1
Mon 26 Aug 2019FC United Of Manchester1-1
Sat 17 Aug 2019South Shields0-1
Goal Scorers
Wolfenden, Matty2
Crothers, Matthew1
Winter, Harry1
Sinclair, Tyrese1
Previous Meetings
Saturday November 02, 2019
1
0
Saturday September 21, 2019
1
3
Saturday September 08, 2018
1
0
Saturday August 05, 2017
1
3
Thursday July 21, 2016
0
2
Records
Home win Never won at home
Away win Never won away
Home defeat South Shields0-1Sat 17th Aug
Away defeat Basford United1-0Sat 31st Aug
Home score Warrington Town1-1Sat 14th Sep
Away score Basford United1-0Sat 31st Aug
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 11n/a
Last Conceded 111
Last Won n/an/an/a
Last Drew 111
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