By Thomas Ritchie
Farsley Celtic welcome AFC Telford United to the Citadel on Saturday, looking to return to winning ways in a significant game in the fight to avoid relegation.
The Bucks are currently bottom of the National League North, 14 points behind the Celts, and a win for Farsley, depending on other results, could see them move out of the relegation zone.
Tuesday evening saw Russ Wilcox’s side’s seven-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at AFC Fylde, but they will remain confident heading into this weekend having gone unbeaten at home since November 22.
Kevin Wilkin’s side are without a win in their last 10, but their most recent success did come on the road when they defeated Buxton 2-0 in January.
It is just under a month since we made the trip to the New Bucks Head Stadium, leaving with a point thanks to Andy Butler’s first-half leveller.
Ahead of Saturday’s fixture, Russ Wilcox said: “They’re all big games, and we know our home form is going to be key.
“Our away form’s been great, five unbeaten before tonight (at Fylde), they’re top of the league now so it was always going to be difficult.
“I thought we were excellent, it could have gone either way. I’ve seen teams go 3-1 and crumble, but no, we went the other way and put the foot on the gas and looked by far the better team in the second half.”
Dave Syers is nearing a return for the Celts, which would leave Russ Wilcox with a fully-fit squad to select from. Defender Isaac Assensio left the Celts for Guiseley on a month-long loan earlier this week after starting only one game in 2023.
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