Farsley Celtic look ahead to tough Gloucester clash amid ‘pleasing’ first half to season

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Clayton Donaldson is highly marked by the Tamworth defence. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Farsley Celtic head coach Clayton Donaldson is expecting a tough game against Gloucester City at The Citadel tomorrow.

The visitors endured a difficult start to the season and recently changed managers. But notable recent wins against Spennymoor, Peterborough Sports and Curzon Ashton have given the visitors cause for optimism, although Saturday’s defeat at home to strugglers Darlington was a blow.

The Celts are coming off the back of a seven-match unbeaten run and, as we hit the half-way point of the season, Clayton is pleased with his side’s progress so far.

Michael Coulson in action against Curzon in our last home game. Photo: John McEvoy

“We have done reasonably well,” said Clayton. “We have 30 points from 22 games so you have to say we have done well so far.

“I feel we have dropped a lot of points we shouldn’t have and we should have more points on the board, but every team will say the same, so we can’t dwell too much on that. I feel we have competed well.

“We have a Lot to be confident about, we are on a seven match unbeaten run in the league, which is a good achievement. We do need to start to convert some of the draws into wins and get through the busy Christmas period unscathed.

“But things can change very quickly in football, sometimes in a day, so we just have to keep focussed on the opponents in front of us and take it a game at a time.

“I am genuinely excited by January when we will have everybody fit and raring to go. I’ve said before that I am really pleased with the squad we have assembled a good group of players. We just need to keep showing progress and keep focussed on what we are doing.”

Farsley on the attack. Photo: John McEvoy

Clayton says his side’s focus is solely on today’s game, with a double-header against Scunthorpe looming.

“They’re obviously big games and they’ve got resources that blow most of the National League away, if I’m honest, but we can’t look too far ahead. We need to focus on today and get three points and continue our unbeaten run.”

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