From one Celtic to another, coming off from a successful trip to Stalybridge, the Blues now face Farsley Celtic at the Giant Axe this Saturday. City will be looking to secure another league win against tough opposition.
Farsley are currently second in the Evo Stik Premier League table, just one point behind league leaders Warrington Town and now five points above third place South Shields after beating North Ferriby United 4-0 on Tuesday, boasting one of the best league runs this year. Overall, Farsley have played 31 league games this season, winning 21, drawing five and losing five. So, the Blues will have a tough test indeed this weekend.
Farsley's strong run of results faltered a little bit with a 1-0 loss at home to Witton Albion last Saturday, their first loss in five games since their last defeat from close rivals South Shields back in January. But have recently since got back on track with that 4-0 win over Ferriby on Tuesday.
Farsley's previous three league fixtures:
26/2/29 – Farsley Celtic vs North Ferriby United – 4-0
23/2/19 – Farsley Celtic vs Witton Albion – 0-1
16/2/19 – Matlock Town vs Farsley Celtic – 1-2
One to Watch – Kyle Trenerry (GK)
Kyle Trenerry signed for Farsley after impressing in 2017/18 during pre-season. The young 'keeper spent his youth career at FC Halifax Town, before joining up with their senior team and gained experience with Albion Sports in the NCEL. Kyle signed on a short-term loan with Clitheroe but was recalled at the start of September 2018 following an injury to Ed Hall. Since returning Kyle has established himself as first choice 'keeper. Having only conceded 33 goals this season, it will be difficult to get past Celtic's number one.
City's last meeting with Farsley resulted in a disappointing 2-0 defeat away at the Throstle Nest. With the home side starting the match strongly, City had to grow into the game slowly. Fifteen minutes in and it almost broke clear for Blinkhorn as he latched onto a long ball but fired wide of the Farsley goal. This was followed with more positivity from City coming forward in numbers and Charlie Russell almost broke the deadlock striking from range but could not test the Celtic keeper Trenerry. City worked themselves up another good opportunity when Blinkhorn held up the ball well to play in Russell who fired wide. The rest of the half saw few chances with Farsley Celtic trying to get their foothold of the game back. The second half started well for City who found themselves getting the first chance of the half, with Blinkhorn clipping a shot wide of the far post. However, it was Farsley that broke the deadlock with Paul Walker scoring with virtually his first touch of the match. Less than a minute later Higgins nodded home from a corner to finish Lancaster off in quick succession to make it 2-0. The second goal looked to deflate the Dolly Blues with chances at a minimum. Their next break did not come until the 79th minute when Tom Kilifin drove forward into the box passing to Wilson who fired over. In the end it just was not enough from Craig Stanley's men in his final game as caretaker boss.
Updated 14:17 - 1 Apr 2019 by Shane Hudson