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PREVIEW Stalybridge Celtic v AFC Telford Utd
Tuesday 28th March 2017 @ 13:03 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic’s step six status could be thrown into further doubt this evening if they fall to another defeat to AFC Telford Utd.

Steve Burr’s side enter the game on the back of a dispiriting 1-0 loss to Worcester City on Saturday:

Defeat leaves Celtic 14 points adrift of safety and with just 10 games of the season remaining, Burr’s side need a miracle in order to stay up.

That said, Celtic do have four games in hand on the teams immediately above them, providing optimists with a sense  that maybe, just maybe, Celtic can achieve the impossible.

But if they are to pull off the great escape, Celtic will need to put in better performances than their previous two outings against Altrincham and Worcester.

Tonight’s visitors are struggling for a third consecutive season and are just three points above the relegation zone.

Managed by Rob Smith , Telford have won just once on their travels this season and were beaten 2-1 at playoff chasing Brackley Town on Saturday.

Telford’s compromising league position has been reflected throughout the season by a lack of attacking threat. As it currently stands, they are the league’s third lowest scorers, having notched just 32 goals to date.

However, in a bid to give them the greatest chance of survival this season, Telford have recruited the services of prolific striker, Lee Hughes.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City man, 40, has joined from fellow strugglers Worcester City.

Hughes made an instant impact upon signing for the club in February, scoring on his debut in a surprising 1-1 draw at league leaders AFC Fylde.

As for Celtic, the club have strengthened their own attacking department with the recent arrival of Bury FC legend, Andy Bishop.

The 34-year-old, who played at Hyde united earlier this season, comes to the club with a wealth of experience, having played for Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale and Wrexham amongst many.

Bishop played in Celtic’s 1-0 loss on Saturday, although he was replaced in the 60th minute by Keano Deacon.

The two sides previously met in August during Liam Watson’s rein in charge. The game ended 2-0 to Telford, thanks to second-half goals from Tom Peers and Dave Hibbert.