Farsley Celtic look ahead to Rushall challenge

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Ben Atkinson opens the scoring against Scarborough yesterday. Photos: John McEvoy

Last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Scarborough Athletic was a ‘result that had been coming’, according to head coach Clayton Donaldson, as he looks ahead to The Celts’ next challenge against Rushall Olympic tomorrow.

An eight-match unbeaten league run was only brought to an end by narrow back to back defeats against Scunthorpe over the festive period.

Since then, the Celts were unfortunate to only draw 0-0 against playoff hopefuls Curzon and last week’s win against our Yorkshire rivals continued our fine run of form. The Celts enter the game in good spirits.

“It was very frustrating that Tuesday’s game against Peterborough Sports was postponed. The lads were on a high after the Scarborough game and we’d have loved to get back out there and build on that momentum,” Clayton said.

“But that’s the British weather for you! At least it gave us more time to focus on tomorrow’s game with Rushall. The lads have been training hard.”

Farsley beat Rushall on the opening day of the season with two second-half goals from Ben Atkinson and Darren Stephenson.

“Rushall have picked up of late and are coming off back-to-back wins,” said Clayton. “We picked up a good result at their place on their artificial pitch but the game on Saturday will be much different as they’re coming to play on our pitch, which will be heavy after the recent weather. We’ll be looking to use that to our advantage.”

The Celts’ recent good form has been built on having solid foundations at the back.

“Someone told me the other day we’d just had out tenth clean sheet of the season in the league. To have that already is a massive achievement, considering where Farsley has been in the past few years,” Clayton said.

“I know we hadn’t scored in three games going in to the Scarborough match, and if you hadn’t seen us play in those three games you might, from the outside, say there was a problem. But we weren’t worried, we knew we were playing well and creating chances.

“The home game against Scunthorpe we were unlucky not to score in that second half, and against Curzon we hit the woodwork twice and their keeper played well. The result against Scarborough last week had been coming.

“It’s nice to hit the back of the net – and we’re aiming to continue that form on Saturday.”

Kick-off time

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Ticket news & parking

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Team news

The Celts will welcome back midfielder Ryan Watson, who returns to the squad for the first time following his red card against Gloucester City before Christmas.

Lewis Turner and Joao Silva went out on loan to Ossett United in a bid to gain extra minutes and the gaffer has long-term absentees Jack Leckie and Harry Sheridan back in training. Darren Stephenson looks like taking a little longer.

For the visitors, leading scorer Danny Waldron has this week moved to Southend.

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