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Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Saturday April 28th, 2007 (15:00:00)
Now Celtic have ensured Conference North survival, our final game of the season on Saturday at Gainsborough (kick off 3pm) will be a more relaxed affair. Gainsborough are currently four places and four points ahead of Celtic, so we cannot catch them. With a win, we could overtake Alfreton, Vauxhall and Barrow, finishing the season in a slightly more respectable fourteenth.

Trinity drew their last game, away at Redditch, but lost their last home match, 0-2 when Blyth were the visitors. Out of their last five, they have won two (away at Vauxhall and Workington) and drawn two (away at Redditch and at home to Leigh). The automated prediction algorithm is suggesting another win for them on Saturday with a 3-2 score line, but with Celtic?s new found defence there is a chance we could keep a third clean sheet on the run, as Gainsborough are not renowned for their scoring this season, with forty-nine league goals.

Their top scorer is Ryan Mallon with nine goals, whilst Simon Bird is hot on his heels with eight. Ross Hannah and Charlie Trout are not far behind either with six apiece. Most of Gainsborough?s scoring has been done in the second half (thirty-one of their forty-nine goals), with a ten goal spike around half time. Conceding is more even, though thirteen of their conceded fifty-seven goals have been in the final quarter of an hour. On average they score 1.4 goals per game at home (1.2 overall), whilst conceding 1.3 goals per game (1.4 overall).

This is our fourth meeting this season with Gainsborough, as we put them out of the Trophy at the second time of asking. They beat us 2-0 in the league at Bower Fold (meaning that if they beat us we will join Lancaster and Workington as the only teams they have done the double over), but we drew 1-1 at Northolme in the Trophy, before taking them back to Bower Fold and winning 2-1. We have a very good historical record against Gainsborough, and in the last twenty years, they have won just three of the twenty-seven meetings, with Celtic winning thirteen of them, three at the Northolme. However, our last win at the Northolme was in November 1999, when we put them out of the Trophy at the second time of asking! Our last league win there was a 1-4 win in the Unibond in 1998.

Neither side have any suspension worries going into the game, and Gainsborough have no injury worries. In their last match, the 1-1 draw with Alfreton, they lined up as:
1. Adam Sollitt
2. Danny Wood
3. Scott Lowe
4. Wes Parker
5. Richard Pell
6. Danny Anson
7. Charlie Trout
8. Liam Needham
9. Simon Bird
10. Ryan Mallon
11. Ross Hannah
Celtic?s last match was the 0-0 home draw with Kettering. Mark Haran stamping his return with a brace of clean sheets ? can we go for the hat-trick? In that match, we lined up as:
1. Simon Bishop
2. Grant Black
3. Jamie Kay
4. Chris Lever
5. Mark Haran
6. Ashley Winn
7. Steve Brodie
8. Paul Sykes
9. Lee Ellington
10. Matty Barlow
11. Kevin Parr

We have a good record against Trinity, and it would be good to end the season on a high, after the lows that have preceded it. Whilst there is nothing concrete at stake, there is pride and desire and a chance to make the final league table a little more refreshing than ?just above the relegation spots?. The Trinity players have had a mid-week game, whilst the Celtic players will be fresh, hopefully, after a long season, this will be enough to give Celtic the edge.
P Pts
10 Nuneaton Town 42 60
11 Solihull Moors 42 59
12 Gainsborough Trinity 42 56
13 Scarborough 42 55
14 Hucknall Town 42 54
Sat 28 Apr 2007Stalybridge Celtic2-0
Tue 24 Apr 2007Redditch United1-1
Sat 21 Apr 2007Vauxhall Motors1-0
Tue 17 Apr 2007Blyth Spartans0-2
Sat 14 Apr 2007Workington2-1
Goal Scorers
Mallon, Ryan10
Bird, Simon9
Hannah, Ross6
Trout, Charlie6
Parker, Wesley5
Previous Meetings
Tuesday October 20, 2020
Saturday February 15, 2020
Tuesday February 04, 2020
Saturday February 16, 2019
Saturday September 29, 2018
Home win Alfreton Town4-0Sat 3rd Mar
Away win Stalybridge Celtic0-2Sat 7th Oct
Home defeat Blyth Spartans0-2Tue 17th Apr
Away defeat Barrow3-0Sat 13th Jan
Home score Droylsden3-2Sat 24th Feb
Away score Kettering Town4-2Sat 10th Mar
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored 131
Last Conceded 111
Last Won 232
Last Drew 111
Distance: 67
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Head up Mottram Road towards Mottram.
Join Mottram Road towards Hollingworth.
At the traffic lights with the A57 Woolly Lane towards Glossop, continue straight ahead towards Hollingworth and Tintwistle.
After the lights the road becomes the A628.
Stay on the A628 and it will become the Woodhead pass.
After about 14 miles, you will reach the Flouch roundabout.
Turn right (exit 3 of 4) to join the A616 (signposted M1).
After 9 miles you will reach another roundabout, go straight across (exit 3 of 5) to stay on the A616.
After 1 1/2 miles you will reach the M1.
Join the M1 going southbound towards London.
Stay on the M1 for 10 miles to junction 32 (M18, The North, Doncaster, Hull).
Join the M18 towards the North, and leave at Junction 1 (A631, Rotherham).
At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, turn right towards Bawtry onto the A631.
Stay on the A631 following signs for Bawtry.
There are a couple of doglegs, t-junctions and roundabouts, but just keep on the A631 for about 22 miles until you reach the set of traffic lights after the oil depot with a dual carriageway ahead and a railway bridge going over the top.
Turn left here onto the A159 (Trinity Street), signposted for Gainsborough.
You will pass a large Tesco on the right, about half a mile further, there is a Total Petrol Station on the left hand side of the road - the ground is on the opposite side.
Parking is street based and limited.

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