Farsley Celtic play the first of three games in six days tonight, when they host play-off hopefuls Brackley Town.
It’s a run of fixtures which could well decide the fate of Russ Wilcox’s side, who will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Kidderminster Harriers – their first league loss at home since November.
It was a result that left the Celts one point above the drop zone, but a win over Brackley in their game in hand would send Farsley four points clear of 21st-place Leamington.
The Celts welcome a side in Brackley whose promotion push has stalled in recent weeks, although they remain firmly in the playoff positions.
The Northamptonshire outfit have won just one of their last nine, and they are without a win in their last six, their last success coming against Southport on March 4.
Roger Johnson’s men have struggled on the road this season and, despite sitting fourth in the league, have just the 14th-best record away from home.
Looking ahead to Tuesday’s game, Russ Wilcox said: “We just do what we’ve done, we rest up, we stay together, that’s our first defeat at home I think for 12 games.
“That’s a magnificent record to say where we are in the league as well, fifth bottom in the league, to go that long since November, and the first defeat’s against a full-time team as well.
“We get ready for Tuesday, we keep our spirits high because the second-half performance gives us massive hope going towards Tuesday.”
Bobby Johnson and Luke Parkin have both been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.
On-loan midfielder Connor Dixon has also now been ruled out for the season following an injury picked up prior to his signing for the Celts, alongside fellow loanee Nathaniel Wallace.
In more positive news, Isaac Assenso is nearing a return from an injury picked up in his loan stint at Guiseley.
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