Farsley Celtic aim to make FA Trophy history

Farsley Celtic's The Citadel ground.

By Thomas Ritchie

Farsley Celtic will be looking to reach the Isuzu FA Trophy last 16 for the first time on Saturday, when Marske United visit the Citadel.

The Celts last reached this stage of the competition in the 2019/20 season, bowing out to National League side Barnet following a 2-0 replay defeat at the Hive.

Saturday also presents an opportunity for the Celts to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats on the road in the league, and kick off a run of four straight home games in perfect style.

Northern Premier League side Marske will be featuring in the stage of the competition for the first time, defeating Clitheroe, Chasetown, Matlock Town and Marine to reach this stage.

Like Farsley, the Seasiders have had a difficult season in the league so far, sitting in the relegation places of the Northern Premier League, albeit with a number of games in hand on the teams around them.

Looking ahead to the contest, Farsley Manager Russ Wilcox said: “It’s exciting, I’m really looking forward to it.

“As soon as the final whistle went (on Tuesday), my mind went on to Marske, I watched their game on Hudl.

“They’re a decent outfit, obviously only one league below, it’s an opportunity for us to get through but we know it’s going to be a really tough game, and we’re looking forward to it.”

The club announced the there will be a 10am pitch inspection on Saturday, due to heavy rain being forecast overnight. Fans are being encouraged to bring their garden forks to the ground at 9am in a bid to help get the pitch into a playable condition.


Chris Atkinson returned to the side for the first time since December 20 during Tuesday’s defeat at Hereford, completing just over an hour following his recovery from illness.

Russ Wilcox is hopeful that Frank Mulhern will be available after suffering a knock last Saturday that caused him to miss Tuesday’s loss.


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