Following a hectic period which saw the Celts playing twice a week for much of October and November, the two-week break since out last game has given the lads some much-needed time on the training pitch.

Boss Clayton Donaldson is looking forward to his side entertaining in-form Curzon Ashton at The Citadel on Tuesday. Farsley are on their own five-game unbeaten run – but the break has proven useful for players and management ahead of a busy Festive schedule.

“We’ve come off the back of a heavy schedule where we were playing Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday every week, which is difficult. In between those games training had been mostly about cooling down and recovery and getting players fit for the next game, so we hadn’t been able to do much work on the training pitch.

“These two weeks have helped to get the lads on the pitch so we can work on some things,” said Clayton. “That’s been good and we’ve been able to get some proper training into those legs, including the lads who hadn’t been playing.”

Joao SIlva on the attack. Photo: Ivor Hughes

As well as the usual Tuesday and Thursday sessions, the lads spent last Saturday at ProFit28 gym in Farsley and will have another session at their new training facility at Carlton Bolling in Bradford tomorrow morning (Saturday).

During November The Celts had suffered with a crippling injury list and suspensions, and the break has helped the club in that respect.

“We still have got injuries with Darren Stephenson and myself, as well as some niggles but we’ve got the likes of Conor Branson and Tom Allan back. It’s been good to bring in new signing Michael Coulson, which has given the lads a lift. He’s an experienced striker with nouse in front of goal and you can see in training that he brings that extra experience and firepower.

“It’s been useful to have a couple of weeks away from games and we’re looking forward to getting back into action and getting a result on Tuesday night. We’re on an unbeaten run, Curzon will be tough opponents but we can go into it with confidence.”

Tickets are available for the Curzon game here, or you can pay at the turnstiles on the night.