Farsley make the short trip to local rivals and fellow promotion hopefuls Ossett Town for a huge match at Ingfield on Boxing Day, writes Thomas Ritchie. .
Farsley were victorious three times over Ossett last season including doing the double over their opponents in the league, most recently defeating Town 5-2 last December.
The Celts head into the game following a come from behind 3-1 victory over struggling Burscough last Saturday.
Farsley have lost just one of their last four, but have produced a mixed bag of results in December, winning one, drawing one and losing one game in the league. They also exited the FA Trophy against Southport and progressing in the West Riding County Cup with a 3-1 success against Glasshoughton Welfare.
Farsley head into the crucial festive period 7th in the league and five points off top spot, however have multiple games in hand on those above.
Despite leaving the game on Saturday with injuries both Aiden Savory and Paul Walker should be fit to take on Ossett.
Nathan Turner is also in contention to return to the squad, however Ryan Serrant remains sidelined and Lewis Nightingale will serve a one match suspension following his dismissal against Burscough.
Speaking to Robert Winterbottom on the Farsley Celtic website, striker turned defender Aiden Savory said:
“Now we need to focus on the league again and push on.”
Ossett Town have had a terrific season so far as they are currently second in the Evo-Stik Division 1 North level on points with leaders Lancaster City, albeit having played three games more.
Ossett are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions with league victories over Kendal Town (3-0), Burscough (1-0) and Mossley (1-0), meanwhile on Tuesday they prevailed 2-1 over NCEL side Harrogate Railway in the West Riding County Cup.
Speaking to Neil Spofforth on the Ossett Town website Town’s Leon Henry, formerly of Brighouse Town, said:
“Farsley will be a very tough game on Boxing Day but if we perform like we know we can then we have already proven we can beat anyone in this league, and hopefully end the poor run this club has against them.”
Ossett Town: LWWWW
Farsley Celtic: LWLDW
Evo-Stik Division 1 North Boxing Day fixtures:
Bamber Bridge vs Prescot Cables
Burscough vs Ossett Albion
Clitheroe vs Colne
Colwyn Bay vs Trafford
Droylsden vs Hyde United
Glossop North End vs Mossley
Goole AFC vs Brighouse Town
Kendal Town vs Lancaster City
Ossett Town vs Farsley Celtic
Radcliffe Borough vs Ramsbottom United
Tadcaster Albion vs Scarborough Athletic
So why not make the short trip to Ingfield to cheer on The Celts in their promotion push. The postcode is WF5 9HA and the game kicks off at 3pm. See you there!