Farsley Celtic will be aiming to make it nine games unbeaten in the National League North when they visit Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day.

The Celts are unbeaten since early November and go into the match full of confidence after beating Gloucester City on Saturday, despite being reduced to ten men.

“Gloucester was a massive win for us,” said assistant coach Danny Ellis. “A lot of things happened in that game – we had a lot of chances, their goalkeeper’s made at least two great saves, we had a man sent off which was unfortunate and there were a lot of incidents. It was a bit of a mad game!

“Eight matches unbeaten in the league is phenomenal. The lads have dug in. We’ve had to change the team around and mix the squad up a little, keep lads fresh and manage a few little niggly injuries, but everyone who comes in has done well.

“We know Scunthorpe will be a tough couple of games over the festive period, but we can look forward to it. We’re full of confidence.

“Boxing Day is going to be a massive occasion for the players and the fans. It’s at their place, so there should be a big crowd and it’s one we can definitely look forward to.”

Rudy Misambo holds off a Gloucester attacker on Saturday. Photo: John McEvoy

Kick-off time

The matches an earlier kick off time of 1pm. There will be full coverage on our social media channels if you can’t make the game.

Team news

Gaffer Clayton Donaldson will assess his squad for knocks and fitness following Saturday’s win against Gloucester City.

Ryan Watson’s suspension following his red card at the the weekend will not kick in until Saturday.

Darren Stephenson is still out injured and Lewis Turner is stepping up his rehabilitation after a long-term injury.

The Celts could could be reunited with a couple of familiar faces in Scunthorpe’s  Andy Butler and Kian Scales, who both played for the Celts last season.

Zan Luk Leban secured another clean sheet against Gloucester. Photo: John McEvoy

How are Scunthorpe United faring?

Farsley Celtic are now eight games unbeaten in National League North, the longest current run in the league, but face an in-form Scunthorpe side who have won five of their last six league games and were held to a goalless draw at Buxton on Saturday.
The Irons sit top of the league on goal difference and are the division’s top scorers on 49 goals. Their recent run of good form comes after the future of the club, and their Glanford Park home, was secured following a period of financial uncertainty.
Daniel Whitehall is their leading scorer, with 13 goals in 23 league games.

Tickets and supporter information

Ticket details for the match can be found here. Tickets can be bought in advance or from the ticket  office on the day.

Our supporters’ club is also running a coach to the game and limited places remain, call John Stubbs to book your place on 07904 187327.

Last time we met at Scunthorpe

The Boxing Day clash is the first competitive game between the two sides at Glanford Park. The side met at The Citadel in August 2022 a for a pore-season friendly and ended in a 5-1 win for the visitors – a scoreline that didn’t really reflect the game.