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Match Preview :- Gainsborough Trinity - Tuesday August 21st, 2012 (19:45:00)

Celtic face last season's play off team, Gainsborough Trinity at Bower Fold tonight (kick off 7:45pm). Like Celtic, Gainsborough started this season off with a loss, although their loss was at home, whilst Celtic's was away at Workington. There will be a match centre for this game.

Last season, Gainsborough finished one place, and three points above Celtic in fifth, taking the last play-off spot on the last day of the season. They ultimately lost out in the play off lottery, but are looking to build on that.

Their last visit to Bower Fold was in August last season, when they were handed a 4-0 drubbing and saw Brian Little sacked as manager. Their new boss took them from strength to strength, and they almost made their first promotion ever, beating us in Gainsborough 3-1 at the start of December.

Last season, Ryan Kendal was Gainsborough's top scorer with fourteen goals, Leon Mettam pushing him all the way but finishing on ten. They scored an average of 1.7 goals a game, conceded 1.4 (away from home, 1.6 and 1.7 respectively), and finished the season having scored seventy four goals (thirty-six away from home) and conceding sixty-two (thirty-eight away). This left them well down the goal scorer's charts.

Gainsborough do not appear to have any injury worries and in their last match, the 1-0 defeat at home to Gloucester City, they lined up as:
1. Jan Budtz
2. Dominic Roma
3. Lee Ridley
4. Luke Waterfall
5. Greg Young
6. Michael Leary
7. Jon D'Laryea
8. Ryan Williams
9. Shane Clarke
10. Paul Connor
11. Paul Hawkridge

Celtic will be without Andy Ralph who broke his leg three minutes into his debut. Alex Cairnes, an onloan goalkeeper from Leeds United, who has made one first team appearance, should be making his debut in his place. Kristian Platt was ill, but played, for the Workington Match. In that match, that finished 4-1 in Workington's favour, Celtic lined up as:
1. Andy Ralph
2. Kelvin Bleau
3. Mark Lees
4. Kristian Platt
5. Joel Bembo-Leta
6. Jordan Barrow
7. Jamie Mullan
8. Greg Wilkinson
9. Jack Laird
10. Corey Gregory
11. Mitchell Austin

Celtic really need to kick their season off, and hopefully can do it tonight in front of a home crowd.

P Pts
14 Vauxhall Motors 2 3
15 Altrincham 2 3
16 Gainsborough Trinity 2 1
17 Stalybridge Celtic 2 1
18 Bishop’s Stortford 2 0
Tue 21 Aug 2012Stalybridge Celtic1-1
Sat 18 Aug 2012Gloucester City0-1
Goal Scorers
Yates, Jamie1
Previous Meetings
Tuesday October 20, 2020
Saturday February 15, 2020
Tuesday February 04, 2020
Saturday February 16, 2019
Saturday September 29, 2018
Home win Never won at home
Away win Never won away
Home defeat Gloucester City0-1Sat 18th Aug
Away defeat Never lost away
Home score Gloucester City0-1Sat 18th Aug
Away score Never played away
Games Since... Overall Home Away
Last Scored n/an/an/a
Last Conceded 11n/a
Last Won n/an/an/a
Last Drew 11n/a
Match Sponsor
Marshall Kypriadis
Ball Sponsor
Stanley Square Conservative Club
Man of the Match Sponsor
Sense Financial
Programme Sponsor
Programme sponsor
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Main club sponsor
Dream Bi-Folding Doors Official Shirt Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Warm-up Kit Sponsor
Mulgrew Haulage - Official Warm-up Kit Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Site Sponsor
MG Domestic - Official Site Sponsors of Stalybridge Celtic
Hospitality Providers
Bower Fold Events - hospitality providers