Match Preview :- Radcliffe - Saturday November 2nd, 2019 (3:00PM)

On Saturday, Celtic face Radcliffe in our re-arranged fixture (kick off 3pm). Radcliffe are currently five points and five places below Celtic in sixteenth on fourteen points, though they have played four games less.

After a rocky start to the season, in which their only win in their opening six games was against Celtic at Bower Fold, Radcliffe’s results have picked up somewhat, with both of their last two home games wins for them, along with a win away at Nantwich and an away loss at Lancaster. The only team to beat Radcliffe at home this season have been South Shields, who won 1-0; whilst FC United and Warrington both held Radcliffe to 1-1 draws. Their most recent game was a 1-0 win over Matlock Town.

Nobody has established themselves as the out and out goal-scorer at Radcliffe yet, with Matty Wolfenden, Liam Ellis and Tyrese Sinclair all on two, with four other scorers on one. Six of their ten goals this season have come in two matches, a 3-0 win at home over Hyde and, of course, the recent 3-1 win over Celtic at Bower Fold. Six of those goals were at home, meaning half of their home goals were scored in one match. On average, they score a goal per game, 1.2 per game at home and have failed to score in four matches in total and once at home. Defensively, they are very strong, though, with four of their ten conceded goals coming in one away match at Grantham that they lost 4-0. Other than that, they have not conceded more than a single goal in any other match and kept two clean sheets at home and three overall. In their last four matches, they have conceded just one in the 1-0 away loss at Lancaster. They have failed to score in four matches, once at home and concede at a rate of a goal per game (0.6 at home).

We’ve met Radcliffe just three times in the league, and have lost every game. We’ve beaten them twice in cup competitions, 3-1 in the Manchester Cup in 2016 our most recent win, and once in the League cup back in 2001, when we won 2-0 In Radcliffe, our last competitive win at Radcliffe. Earlier this season, they beat us 3-1, Ross Dent’s first half opener well and truly cancelled out in the second half.

In Radcliffe’s last match, the 2-0 home defeat to FC United in the FA Trophy, they lined up as:
1. Ollie Martin
2. Tyrell Warren
3. Swaby-Neavin
4. Prince Haywood
5. Richard Smith
6. Matty Hughes
7. Tyrese Sinclair
8. Tom Brown
9. Danny Mitchley
10. Harry Winter
11. Scott Metcalfe

Celtic also went out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 to South Shields. 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

Celtic can get some measure of revenge for what was a poor second half performance against Radcliffe a few weeks ago. A win could see us go into the top five (if results go our way), with six teams in reach: Witton (away at Morpeth), Nantwich and Whitby (who play each other), Mickleover and Matlock (who also play each other) and FC United (at home to Gainsborough). A loss could see us drop four places with four teams within reach of us: Hyde (away at Warrington), Scarborough and Grantham (who play each other) and Morpeth (hosting Witton). Five of the six teams above us lost their last match!

P Pts
13 Hyde United 15 18
14 Scarborough Athletic 15 18
15 Radcliffe 11 17
16 Morpeth Town 10 16
17 Ashton United 13 15
Sat 02 Nov 2019Stalybridge Celtic1-0
Sat 19 Oct 2019Matlock Town1-0
Tue 15 Oct 2019Lancaster City0-1
Sat 12 Oct 2019Nantwich Town1-0
Sat 05 Oct 2019Hyde United3-0
Goal Scorers
Wolfenden, Matty2
Ellis, Liam2
Sinclair, Tyrese2
Smith, Richard1
Crothers, Matthew1
Previous Meetings
Saturday November 02, 2019
Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday September 08, 2018
Saturday August 05, 2017
Thursday July 21, 2016
Home win Hyde United3-0Sat 5th Oct
Away win Stalybridge Celtic1-3Sat 21st Sep
Home defeat South Shields0-1Sat 17th Aug
Away defeat Grantham Town4-0Sat 28th Sep
Home score Hyde United3-0Sat 5th Oct
Away score Grantham Town4-0Sat 28th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 112
Last Conceded 231
Last Won 112
Last Drew 231
Distance: 17
Time: 45 minutes

Join the M60 heading towards Oldham.
Stay on the M60 using the slip road at the junction with the M66 and M62.
Stay on the M60 for a further 2 miles to junction 17 (Prestwich).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right (exit 3 of 4) onto the A56 (Bury New Road).
Almost immediately the road forks.
Bear left, onto the A665 (Higher Lane).
After three quarters of a mile, you will reach a junction with Radcliffe New Road.
Turn left, to stay on the A665.
Stay on the A665 to Radcliffe town-centre (about 2 miles).
You will see the Turf Hotel on the left, directly opposite Unsworth Street, turn right into Unsworth street.
The ground is on the left, just past Colshaw Close.

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