Farsley Celtic entertain bottom club Bishop’s Stortford at The Citadel tomorrow (Saturday) – and are coming into the game in good form.
The visitors have lost their last seven league games but the Celts won’t be taking tomorrow lightly, with memories of early November’s 2-1 home defeat to Darlington, who were then bottom of the table, still fresh in the mind.
“If we’re not at it tomorrow, it will be a long day,” said gaffer Clayton Donaldson. “It’s not going to be easy. There is no such thing as an easy game in this league, and you can see that in the results across the board this season, anybody can beat anybody on the day.
“They lost heavily (4-1 against Gloucester) last week but they had a man sent off and the score might not reflect the full game, so we have to be on our guard. They are fighting for their lives and will be looking for a reaction after last week.”
The gaffer feels recent results haven’t reflected strong performances in recent games, with the Celts unfortunate to only have one point to show for their efforts at South Shields and Chorley.
“Our performances have been very pleasing, even if it hasn’t always been reflected in the results. It’s frustrating but I feel it’s only a matter of time before we start another good run, similar to the one we had before Christmas.
“I just feel we are lacking that but of luck in front of goal sometimes. The performances have been good. Sometimes you create your own luck, like with our goal at Chorley last week when we got bodies in the box.
“We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game and hope fans come out in numbers to get behind us. Their support has been great all season and we all appreciate it.”
The match kicks off at 3pm.
Ticket news & supporters’ information
All the important supporter information for the clash – including admission prices and parking – can be found here.
The Celts have no new injury major concerns to report.
Lewis Turner and Joao Silva are out on loan at Ossett United in a bid to gain extra minutes and the gaffer has long-term absentee Harry Sheridan back in training but lacking match fitness. Hull City loanee Jack Leckie has suffered another injury setback and will not play again this season. Darren Stephenson has started on-field running and some physical work.
Dylan Youmbi could return following an injury sustained in our last home game against Scarborough.
How are Bishop’s Stortford faring?
Bishop’s Stortford have found the going tough in their first season of football in the Vanarama National League North. They currently sit bottom of the table some 15 points from safety. They’ve lost their last seven league games, with only a 6-1 FA Trophy win against Aldershot Town offering some respite.
Last time we played Bishop’s Stortford
The Celts travelled to Hertfordshire in August, and ground out a 1-0 win, thanks to Darren Stevenson’s first half strike.
After absorbing the early pressure from the home side, the Celts took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Stephenson latched onto a long ball forward from Harry Sheridan before rounding Jack Giddens and eventually finding the roof of the net to put Farsley in the driving seat.
The Celts survived a second-half aerial bombardment from the home side to bring all three points back to Leeds.
Read the match report here.
Tomorrow’s menu includes steak, meat and potato pies, chips, mushy peas and gravy.
We also have our famous loaded fries – pork or shawarma chicken – plus the usual snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Our clubhouse is open to both home and away fans.
If you can’t make it to the Citadel tomorrow, you can follow our live Twitter feed for match commentary. Goal updates will feature on Instagram and Facebook.