Farsley Celtic prepare for big crowd at Scunthorpe game

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Skipper Chris Atkinson fights for the ball at The Citadel. Photo: John McEvoy

Farsley Celtic are preparing for their biggest crowd for a number of years when National League North leaders Scunthorpe United visit The Citadel on Saturday.

The Celts have sold more than 1,500 tickets for the match, which is an all-ticket affair. Numbers have been boosted by the large number of visiting supporters, who are being encouraged to park at Pudsey Civic Hall car park. The game has been moved from New Year’s Day to accommodate supporters wishing to use public transport.

The Citadel is the home of National League North club Farsley Celtic. Photo: Farsley Celtic

The Celts will be looking to bounce back after a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Scunthorpe ended their eight-match unbeaten league run.

Skipper Chris Atkinson, who is set to make his 300th appearance for The Celts, is confident his side can pull off a David vs Goliath shock.

“[Boxing Day at their place was always going to be] a tough game going away from home to the league leaders, but I thought we handled ourselves very well,” Chris said.

“We kept them to very few chances in the first half, kept our shape and defended well. We were unlucky not to nick a goal ourselves, hitting the post and having a goal ruled out for offside. In the second half we conceded a goal early which gave us a mountain to climb really, but the boys kept plugging away and working hard for each other. It just wasn’t to be on the day.

“Saturday’s game will be another tough one against the league leaders. But I think we can cause them a lot of problems on our pitch and our home form has really picked up of late. 

“Teams don’t like coming to The Citadel, especially at this time of year when the pitch isn’t at its best. The boys can’t wait to get out there for the final home game of 2023. Let’s hope we can get the three points to go with it!”

Tickets for Saturday’s game can be bought online here.

Matchday information can be found here.

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