By Thomas Ritchie
Farsley Celtic will be looking to progress to the Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round for just the third time since the club’s reformation when they take on AFC Fylde this evening (Tuesday).
Tom Allan’s second-half effort at the weekend ensured the Celts would earn a second opportunity to topple the Coasters, this time in home comforts.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides already at the early stage of this season, with James Rowe’s side leaving the Citadel with a 2-1 victory in the league in August.
Celts skipper Dave Syers feels Farsley are close to turning in the corner in terms of results, as he said: “Things are definitely moving in the right direction, we are showing what we can do, we just need those little bits, those little things to turn our way and we’re so close really.
“If you look at the fixtures for the next four to six weeks, there’s a lot of games we’d be targeting for points in there, it’s pleasing we’ve got that bit of consistency in performance now, and it’s about now going and backing that up with points on the board.”
Looking ahead to the replay, the skipper continued: “We were unlucky in the game (against Fylde) earlier in the season, I think like a couple of the other games, we nullified their threat and then conceded a goal out of nothing at the wrong time.
“We beat them at home last year, so we’ve got every confidence in that.
“Let’s see whether they want to come and travel to us again, a lot of clubs like this turn their nose up at coming across to Farsley, so we’ll be approaching the game in exactly the same way, and we’ll see what happens.”
Lewis Butroid continues his recovery from the injury sustained in our victory over Brackley Town in August.
Kian Scales and Bobby Pointon have both been made unavailable in this competition, whilst Thabang Dube is cup-tied.
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