Farsley Celtic gaffer Clayton Donaldson is looking at the next two home games as an opportunity to start climbing the table.

The Celts entertain play-off hopefuls Alfreton Town at the Citadel tomorrow, followed by a home game against Warrington on Tuesday – and the squad will be boosted by the return of Harry Sheridan from a month-long loan deal at Liversedge following a serious injury which has kept him out since September.

And forward Darren Stephenson could also return to the matchday squad for the first time since sustaining an injury in November.

“It’s good to have players returning to the squad as we enter the run in. Darren has been in full training for three or four weeks now and he’s in contention to return to the squad. Obviously he lacks match fitness so we need to be careful how we use him but it’s good ti have him back.

“Harry Sheridan’s loan spell has finished and he’s in contention too. We need everybody fighting fit for the final ten games or so.”

The Celts come into the game in 16th place, some six points from the drop zone and 11 off the playoffs with ten games remaining.

“We are still in a good position compared to the teams below us and we’re still positive,” the gaffer said. “We treat every game as being important and we try to get three points in every game. We just have to keep giving 100% and results will come.

“Tomorrow will be a physical game, with lots of long balls and long throws. I think they’ve won the most aerial duels in the league, which tells you something about their approach. They’re similar to us in some respects, we’re both physical teams, so we will need to win our duels and be competitive.

“You always want your home ground to be a fortress and I view the next two games as a good opportunity to get some points on the board.”

Brothers in arms: Chris and Ben celebrate the first goal against Scarborough. Photo: John McEvoy

Clayton also paid tribute to club captain Chris Atkinson, who tomorrow will make his 311th appearance for The Celts – a record since the club reformed in 2010.

“Chris is very important to this team and has been in great form at the back for us this season. 311 appearances is a great achievement by any player. Let’s hope tomorrow is a good day all round and we all celebrate together with three points.”

The gaffer. Photo: John McEvoy

Team news

The Celts could be boosted by the return of Harry Sheridan and Darren Stephenson to the first team squad. Isaac Assenso has trained this week following a hamstring injury, but is unlikely to feature tomorrow.

How are Alfreton Town faring?

Alfreton currently sit in seventh spot in the league as they push for the playoffs. They are, however, without a win in three games and will be searching for three points to maintain their push tomorrow. The Reds dropped to seventh after a midweek defeat away to Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field which made it just one point from the last nine for Billy Heath`s men.

Last time we played Alfreton at The Citadel

It will be Alfreton`s first visit to Farsley since August 2022 when, on a baking hot summer’s day, The Celts were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw, with both sides missing chances. Farsley keeper Max Dearnley saved Tom Denton’s penalty.

Kick-off time

The match kicks off at The Citadel at 7.45pm.

Ticket news & supporters’ information

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Food & drink

  • The Nest Bar will be open, with all supporters welcome. It will be serving a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Cash and card will be accepted.
  • We have a variety of hot and cold food available from our kitchen, with cash and card payments taken. Pies include pork, steak and and meat and potato. Loaded fries include chicken tikka and Korean crispy chicken. Hot drinks, tea and coffee will be available.

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