Match Preview :- Bamber Bridge - Saturday November 9th, 2019 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic travel to Bamber Bridge for a league clash (kick off 3pm). 

Bamber Bridge are currently eighteenth on twelve points, six places and seven points behind Celtic, having played the same number of games. Bamber Bridge were bottom for a week, below Stafford on goal difference, but a 2-0 win in their last match over Stafford left Stafford bottom and Bamber Bridge out of the bottom three, proving the difference a win can make. 

That win ended a nine game win drought, with six losses and three draws since their previous 3-0 win over Atherton. Bamber Bridge have only had one other win this season, a 3-2 win over Ashton in Bamber Bridge’s first home game of the season. 

All three of their wins have come at home, away from home, they are yet to find much joy, with only one point from a 1-1 draw away at Buxton at the start of September.

Their nineteen goals this season (thirteen of them at home) have come at a rate of 1.3 goals per game (1.9 at home), and they have scored in every home game, only failing to score in three away matches. 

Bamber Bridge's goals have come from seven different scorers though Alastair Waddecar is their danger man with eight of their goals this season putting him third in the goal scorers chart for the league. 

Although their problem has been defending, with twenty-eight goals conceded at a rate of 1.8 per game. Only ten of those goals came at home at a rate of 1.4 goals per game, and they have kept two clean sheets at home, though they have conceded in every away match.

We’ve already met Bamber Bridge this season, when they visited Bower Fold a couple of weeks ago in mid-October. Celtic won that game 3-2, thanks to an early goal from Darius Osei and second half goals from Nathan Valentine and Craig Hobson. 

Our last visit to Bamber Bridge was last season, when we lost 3-0, having beaten them earlier in the season 3-2 at home. Our visit prior to that was in 2001, there being a long gap when the two teams were in different divisions. 

We won that game 2-0 with goals from Tony Sullivan and Dominic Crookes. In the last forty years, we’ve visited four times in the league, winning two and losing two.

In Bamber Bridge’s last match, the 2-0 home win over Stafford, they lined up as:
1. Lloyd Rigby
2. Matthew Thornson
3. Adam Sumner
4. Matt Lawlor
5. Kieran Charnock
6. Danny Wisdom
7. Alistair Waddecar
8. Joe Booth
9. James Dean
10. Louis Hayes
11. Ryan White

It’s traditional for former Celtic players to be in opposition teams, and Bamber have Callum Spooner, Danny Wisdom and James Dean in their number.

Celtic lost our last match, 1-0 away at Radcliffe thanks to a first half penalty. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Kallum Mantack
4. Ross Dent
5. Stephen O’Halloran
6. Chris Smalley
7. Scott Bakkor
8. Anthony Whitehead
9. Craig Hobson
10. Darius Osei
11. Jonathan Ustabasi

A win for Celtic could move us up to sixth, level on points with fifth placed FC United (a really good win could put us in the Play Off Spots), with six teams within reach: Witton, Nantwich, Whitby, Grantham, Mickleover (at home to Witton) and Matlock. A loss on the other hand, sees three teams able to overtake us: Radcliffe and Scarborough play each other, and Hyde (away at Lancaster). Nantwich, Whitby, Grantham and Matlock aren’t playing, whilst Witton and Mickleover face off in Mickleover, meaning the teams below are playing, whilst the teams above are not making a win even more valuable.

P Pts
16 Morpeth Town 10 16
17 Ashton United 13 15
18 Bamber Bridge 16 12
19 Atherton Collieries 13 11
20 Buxton 14 10
Sat 09 Nov 2019Stalybridge Celtic2-3
Sat 02 Nov 2019Stafford Rangers2-0
Sat 19 Oct 2019Scarborough Athletic1-2
Sat 12 Oct 2019Stalybridge Celtic2-3
Tue 08 Oct 2019Nantwich Town2-2
Goal Scorers
Waddecar, Alistair8
Charnock, Kieran3
Marlow, Chris2
Dean, James2
Forbes, Danny2
Previous Meetings
Saturday November 09, 2019
Saturday October 12, 2019
Saturday December 01, 2018
Saturday September 15, 2018
Friday March 23, 2001
Home win Atherton Collieries3-0Tue 3rd Sep
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Basford United1-3Sat 14th Sep
Away defeat Gainsborough Trinity4-1Tue 1st Oct
Home score Ashton United3-2Sat 24th Aug
Away score Stalybridge Celtic3-2Sat 12th Oct
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 111
Last Conceded 221
Last Won 11n/a
Last Drew 221
Distance: 48
Time: 45 minutes

From the M60, take Junction 15 onto the M61 North towards Bolton.
Take Junction 9 towards Preston South (M65).
Stay on the M65 to the end.
At the roundabout turn right (exit 1 of 2).
Follow the dual carriageway to another roundabout.
Go straight across (exit 2 of 4) onto London Way.
After about 3/4 of a mile, you will turn right at a third roundabout (exit 3 of 4) onto Brownedge Rd (East) then take first right.
Ground on left at the bottom of the road just past the A6 bridge.

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