Looking Forward To the Weekend
West Allotment Celtic vs Chester-le-Street Pre-Match Report
West Allotments incredible win streak came to an end on Monday night as they drew 1-1 against a talented Newcastle University side. Even though Celtic would have been aiming for all three points, a draw is still a good result and maintains an impressive unbeaten streak for the team. This weekend, the lads come face to face with a Chester-le-Street side who are currently struggling in the league, sitting on 8 points in 17th place.
Newcastle University broke an incredible win streak of six games for Celtic as they managed to grab a dramatic equaliser in the final moments of the game on Monday night, as the home side proved that they will be another team pushing to finish right at the top of the league this season. The game started in a very frantic manner with both sides sharing the possession equally and creating a few early chances, with the home side hitting the post exceedingly early into the match. As West Allotment got more settled into the game, however, they started to dominate possession and take control of the game, as they have so many times recently. The positive spell for the away side was rewarded on the 18th minute mark as a series of quick passes around the box allowed striker, Matty Hayton, to get a shot away and he made it his seventh consecutive match with a goal, as the ball was rifled into the bottom corner to give the away side a deserved lead. The rest of the first half and start of the second half had little action in front of goal. As the game started to get into the latter stages, the home side started to come more into the game and Celtics lead was starting to look very vulnerable. All of the drama came at the end of the match as there looked to be a possible red card for the home side after a horrible challenge on Finn Hodgson in net. However, the referee only deemed the challenge worthy of a yellow card. Then, just as Celtic thought they were about to hold out for an incredible seventh consecutive win, the home side grabbed a heart-breaking 94th minute equaliser. The goal came after a corner was whipped into the box and Niza Chilufya slammed the ball in from close range to give the home side a hard-earned point. West Allotment were devastated in the immediate aftermath of the game due to the manner of the loss, but overall, this was another point gained against a very impressive team who will likely be close to Celtic in the league standings all season long.
Saturday’s game is an instant opportunity for West Allotment to get back to winning ways and take advantage of playing a Chester-le-Street side in poor form. This game is another chance for Celtic to go top of the league with a win. Three points would take Celtic to the top of the league table if Crook Town, currently in first place, loses their fixture against Carlisle City. A surprise loss on Saturday could potentially see West Allotment drop to seventh if results do not go their way, which would be quite a dramatic drop from second place. Celtic still have a game in hand on the majority of teams around them however, meaning that they are still in a favourable position to reach the summit of the league table no matter what happens this weekend.
Chester-le-Street have started the season poorly overall, but the struggling side actually managed to win their last league fixture on Thursday night away at Esh Winning. The 4-2 victory was only the second win of the season for Chester-le-Street as beforehand they had only won one of their last seven league games. The 4-2 victory was an eventful game to say the least with six goals being scored and Esh Winning finishing the game with nine men as Jamie McLeod and Thomas Orton both got sent off in the second half of the match. All of Chester-le-Streets goals came in the second half, courtesy of Liam Dixon in the 49th minute, Craig Marron from the penalty spot in the 51st minute, Joshua Akel in the 70th minute and finished off by Owen Henderson in the 80th minute. The away side still gave up two goals, falling 1-0 behind in the 15th minute after a goal from Max Stoker and conceding again just after half time, with Jay McLean netting in the 56th minute of the match. Although the away side beat a team with nine men on the field in the end, this was still a big win for Chester-le-Street, who are in a position where points in any manner are welcome as they look to distance themselves from the foot of the league table. They will be looking to build on this win on Saturday against a Celtic side who are looking to get themselves back on another winning streak.
The last time these two sides faced one another was on the 8th February 2020, as Celtic came away with an emphatic 7-0 away win against Saturdays opponents. It is hard to imagine Chester-le-Street performing as badly in this upcoming game, even though West Allotment would love a repeat of this performance and grab three vital points in style. Saturday is poised to be an interesting battle of styles between a team who are fighting to reach the top of the league and a side battling to stay away from the very bottom of it.
Pictured Below is Jake Forster who has been in fine form recently in the midfield.