Farsley Celtic’s busy run of matches continues at The Citadel tomorrow, and gaffer Clayton Donaldson is looking forward to the challenge.
Despite a hectic schedule and a lengthy list of injuries and suspensions, The Celts have been in fine form of late and are unbeaten in four matches.
Impressive back-to-back wins against Boston United and Buxton were followed by solid draws at Southport and at home to Spennymoor and the gaffer is aiming to extend that run when Hereford are the visitors tomorrow.
“We’ve been on the edge with injuries and suspensions and the sheer volume of games,” the gaffer said of the past few weeks. “We’ve been playing Tuesday-Saturday every week for some time now, so it’s been hectic and some of the lads have been playing a lot more than I would have liked as you run the risk of picking up injuries.
“We’ve been patching the lads up and focusing on recovery with ice baths after games and lighter training sessions for those who are playing.
“It’s going to be a really difficult game tomorrow. Hereford have picked up of late after a difficult start to the season, but they lost on Tuesday and we’ll be looking to capitalise on that. We’re on a decent run of form, unbeaten in four and our confidence is high. Our home record has picked up of late too, we’ve been much more solid and harder to beat.”
Clayton will be boosted by the return of Conor Branson from a three-match suspension after his sending off at Buxton and he’s hoping this lengthy injury list will start to ease. Clayton said the upturn in form also comes from more consistent refereeing.
“I’ve said before that we haven’t been getting the rub of the green and I feel we’ve had some unfair treatment from referees . After the Darlington game things changed and I feel we’ve had better refereeing, although I thought some of the decisions on Tuesday did still go against us.
“We’ve got to try and keep this unbeaten run going. A real positive from this spell has been that the lads who have come in have done a good job and I know they will give 100 per cent.”
The match kicks off at The Citadel at 3pm.
The Celts have a number of selection decisions to make amid their current injury crisis. They will, however, be boosted by the return of Conor Branson from suspension and influential defender Tom Allan has returned to training after being injured at Buxton a couple of weeks ago.
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