Looking Forward to Durham
West Allotment Celtic vs Durham City Pre-Match Report
After another win at the weekend, West Allotment are now aiming to make it four successive league wins in a row when they face Durham City on Wednesday night. Celtic will be viewing this game as an excellent chance to prolong this great run of recent form and continue their push up the league, putting pressure on those currently sitting towards the top.
West Allotment picked up an excellent win away from home at the weekend as they managed to beat Ryton 4-2 and now sit 10th in the league. The away side once again looked very threatening in front of goal in this one and showed a lot of character as they came from behind twice to eventually go on and win the match. Celtic started off slowly on a very wet afternoon in Ryton with a lot of early pressure from the home side which lead to a goal for Scott Gunn in the 19th minute as he headed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Jacob Forster grabbed Celtic an equaliser in the 33rd minute after an excellent run and delivery by Ryan Higgins who set up a simple finish for Forster. Celtic were then very unlucky to fall behind again after Ryton scored against the run of play through Lee Richardson in the 53rd minute. However, the lead did not last long at all as Matthew Hayton equalised in the 56th minute from close range. The pressure continued as Liam Beeston grabbed the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute, and the game was eventually finished off by Shane Jones in the 74th minute with an audacious chip from 30 yards out which caught the Ryton goalkeeper off his line and ended up in the back of the net. Overall, another good outing for West Allotment, who will be once again looking to build on this result on Wednesday night to add a further three points to their tally.
Wednesday’s game is an excellent chance for Celtic to keep up their current good run of form as they welcome a Durham City side who currently sit bottom of the league after an extremely poor start to the season. A win will be expected of the home side on Wednesday night, and if that were to occur, Celtic could find themselves as high as 5th if results go their way following this set of fixtures. However, if Durham City pulled off an upset and beat West Allotment, the lads could potentially drop all the way down to 15th in the league table and would lose a lot of the momentum they have built up over the last few games. A win is huge for both teams in this game as Celtic look to continue their climb of the league table, whilst Durham are still looking for their first win of the season and would love to get it on Wednesday night at Sam Smith’s Park.
Durham City have had a torrid start to their season, losing seven of their eight league games and only picking up a singular point so far in a 2-2 draw with Tow Law Town. Their misery continued at the weekend as they were torn apart by Redcar in a 6-0 defeat. The barrage of goals for Redcar were scored by Adam Preston in the 36th minute, Isaac Walker in both the 48th and 73rd minute, Nick Martin on the hour mark, Jack Proctor in the 79th minute and finally, Harry Williams in the 86th minute. This was a horrendous result for Durham, and it will be a tough ask for them to go again on Wednesday and pick up any sort of result again a Celtic side who are bang in form at the moment. City will still have a chance on Wednesday though, and West Allotment will have to make sure that they do not underestimate the visitors during the game, or it could be very costly.
The last time these two sides played one another was back in August 2019, where Celtic picked up a 4-0 home win. The lads will definitely be looking for a repeat of that result on Saturday as they look to overcome another obstacle on their road back towards the top of the league and grab, what would be, a huge three points on Wednesday night.
Shane Jones scores the fourth Against Ryton