Farsley Celtic aim to end winless home run against bottom club Darlington

Clayton Donaldson in action for Farsley Celtic. Photo: John McEvoy

Head coach Clayton Donaldson is urging Farsley Celtic fans to turn out and get behind their side at tomorrow’s crunch clash against Darlington.

The management team and players have had securing the Celts’ home win of the season as their goal during training this week – and the gaffer is calling on the fans to get behind the boys at The Citadel.

“The fans have always been brilliant this season, wherever we’ve been playing, home or away,” said Clayton. “You can always hear them and that means a lot to the players and it makes a difference.

“It’d be great if they could be that extra man tomorrow, turn out and give us that extra push. These are the times when we need that support.

“Once we’re able to get that first home win I am sure other victories will follow,” Clayon added. “We are going into the game with confidence.”

While The Celts’ away form has been one of the strongest in the league, with all four or our wins coming away from The Citadel, Clayton has been left to rue his side’s bad luck and some questionable refereeing decisions on home turf.

“We’ve been unlucky at home,” he said. “Our form has been up and down. Some unlucky breaks and questionable decision-making from officials hasn’t helped – we’ve certainly been a victim of that this season.

“We always want to win our home fixtures and make The Citadel a fortress where other teams fear to come.

“We’ve got back-to-back important – but tough – home games coming up against Darlington and Boston and we’re going in to each one wanting the three points, just as we do every game,” said Clayton. 

Darlington will bring their own challenges. Last month the Quakers brought in a new management team of Josh Gowling and Danny Rose. Gowling had been boss at National League North rivals Hereford until his departure at Edgar Street by mutual consent back in February.

Despite the Quakers’ record of one win in 14 league games this season, the gaffer is prepared for a tough game.

“It won’t be easy and we have to go into the game respecting them,” said Clayton. “Darlington have a new manager with his own style of playing. They’ll be looking to turn a corner.”

Skipper Chris Atkinson echoed the manager’s thoughts.

“The Darlington game will be another tough one,” he said. “Even though they are bottom of the league they still have a lot of good players who can hurt you on their day. 

“We just need to focus on ourselves though. We need to make sure that to a man we are on the front foot and playing at a high tempo as that’s when we are at our best and have caused every team a problem when we have played that way. The lads have worked very hard in training this week and can’t wait to get going!”

The Celts have had a number of injuries and suspensions to contend with in recent weeks.

Long-term injury concerns continue to be an issue in defence. Jack Leckie, who is with the Celts on a season-long loan from Hull, is out until next month and Lewis Turner recently underwent surgery to try remedy his long-term injury problems.

Clayton Donaldson will assess other knocks and injuries ahead of the game, but the Celts have been boosted by five new loan signings in recent weeks as they strengthen their squad ahead of a hectic period of league and cup games in the run up to Christmas.

Kick off is 3pm and tickets can be bought in advance here, or pay on the gate. More supporters’ information for Saturday’s match can be found here.


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