Match Preview :- Ashton United - Tuesday November 12th, 2019 (7:45PM)

On Tuesday night (weather permitting), Celtic are in Integro League Cup action when we travel across Tameside to face Ashton United (kick off 7:45pm). Ashton are currently in seventeenth in the league on fifteen points, seven points and ten places below Celtic, though they do have three games in hand on us so are in somewhat of a false position.

It took a month for Ashton to register their first league win this season, starting with two draws and three losses, including a 2-0 loss to Celtic in August. It took longer still to register their first and only home win, when they beat Gainsborough Trinity 3-1 in mid-October. They followed this up with a 2-1 win away at Buxton meaning they have now won four games, three of them away. They have only played five games at home so far this season, the fewest of any team, winning one, drawing two and losing two.

They have scored eighteen goals in total, six of them at home (half of those in the one game), at a rate of 1.4 goals per game in total and 1.2 per game at home. They have failed to score in five games (two at home). At the other end, they have conceded twenty-one goals in total (at a rate of 1.6 goals per game) and seven at home (at a rate of 1.4 per game). They have conceded in every home game this season. Their top scorer is currently Josh Wilson, who has six goals, with Sam Sheridan in second with three. Both have scored two goals at home.

The two teams have met this season, when Celtic won 2-0 at Hurst Cross thanks to goals in each half from Scott Bakkor and Craig Hobson. We have a fairly decent record at Hurst Cross, winning in our last three visits. In the last thirty years, we have visited seven times, won five and lost once, mostly in the league, but in cup competitions, we have met in the President’s Cup four times, winning three and losing once, and knocked them out of the FA Cup back in 1996.

In Ashton’s last match, the 1-0 away defeat to Matlock in the Trophy, they lined up as:
1. Jon Worsnop
2. John Lufudu
3. Nicky Clee
4. Gianluca Havern
5. Jonathon Hunt
6. Tom Field
7. Lewis Walters
8. Chris Rowney
9. Josh Wilson
10. Liam Tomsett
11. Jordan Slew

Apart from player/manager Jody Banim, Ashton have a number of former Celts in their squad, including Connor Hughes and Steve Tames. They also have Tom Field, who played for us in the 2005/06 season, Dave Carnell, our keeper in the 2009/10 season and Sam Sheridan who came on loan from Altrincham during the 17/18 season.

Celtic come into the game after a great comeback to beat Bamber Bridge 3-2 at Bamber Bridge, with the joint fourth league goal scorer, Darius Osei grabbing two and Craig Hobson adding to his tally with the winner. In that match, we lined up as:
1. Alex Fojtíček
2. Declan Walker
3. Jack O’Leary
4. Mark Lees
5. Stephen O’Halloran
6. Chris Smalley
7. Jonathan Ustabasi
8. Anthony Whitehead
9. Craig Hobson
10. Darius Osei
11. Neil Kengni

P Pts
15 Scarborough Athletic 16 18
16 Morpeth Town 10 16
17 Ashton United 13 15
18 Bamber Bridge 16 12
19 Atherton Collieries 13 11
Tue 12 Nov 2019Stalybridge Celtic1-2
Sat 02 Nov 2019Buxton2-1
Sat 19 Oct 2019Gainsborough Trinity3-1
Tue 15 Oct 2019Witton Albion0-1
Sat 12 Oct 2019Lancaster City0-3
Goal Scorers
Wilson, Josh6
Sheridan, Samuel3
Slew, Jordan2
Rowney, Chris1
Havern, Gianluca1
Previous Meetings
Wednesday January 01, 2020
Tuesday November 12, 2019
Monday August 26, 2019
Tuesday April 17, 2018
Tuesday April 03, 2018
Home win Gainsborough Trinity3-1Sat 19th Oct
Away win Grantham Town0-4Tue 1st Oct
Home defeat Stalybridge Celtic0-2Mon 26th Aug
Away defeat Lancaster City3-0Sat 12th Oct
Home score Gainsborough Trinity3-1Sat 19th Oct
Away score Hyde United3-3Sat 28th Sep
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 113
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 113
Last Drew 221
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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