Farsley Celtic face long trek to face new boys Bishop’s Stortford

Farsley Celtic's Marley Blair on the attack against Guiseley. Photo: John McEvoy

By Josh Makin

Farsley Celtic will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday as they make the long trip to Hertfordshire to face newly promoted Bishop’s Stortford.

It’s the second time this season that the Celts will be on the road after previously defeating newly promoted Rushall Olympic 2-0 on the opening day of the season thanks to goals from Ben Atkinson and Darren Stephenson.

Since that win at Rushall the Celts have played back to back matches at The Citadel which both ended in 1-1 draws against Chorley and South Shields. Clayton Donaldson’s side has shown plenty of character against the latter after a stoppage time penalty from Atkinson earned them a well-deserved point against full-time opposition.

In all three matches, Farsley have been fielding a new-look squad with some of the fresh faces arriving in the days leading up to the matches. This includes defender Jack Leckie, who signed on the same day as the South Shields match.

Goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban joined on loan from Everton the day before the season opener. Leban has been one of the standout players from the first three matches, with a man of the match performance against Chorley where he made nine saves throughout the 90 minutes to help earn Farsley a point.

Farsley’s hosts on Saturday have also been impressive early on in the season. Despite being pipped by many as ‘relegation favourites’, they sit one place behind Farsley in the league table on four points after an eye-catching 2-0 win against Chester in the first match, as well as a draw with Gloucester City.

Saturday’s game will mark the first time the two sides have played against each other, and it is set to be an intriguing one.


Lewis Turner remains unavailable for the Celts with Isaac Assenso continuing to recover from injury as well.

The Celts welcomed back Clayton Donaldson on Tuesday night following an injury in pre-season, and the player/head coach coming through the 90 minutes despite picking up a knock when winning the penalty.

Influential defender Tom Allan will be unavailable for selection, as he serves the first of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Chorley for violent conduct.


Tickets can be purchased on the gate for this fixture. All of the important supporter information can be found here.

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