Farsley Celtic preview: “We can’t wait for South Shields test” – Clayton Donaldson

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Farsley Celtic's Dylan Youmbi fires off a shot against Radcliffe. Photo: John McEvoy

After two postponed games, gaffer Clayton Donaldson can’t wait for his in-form team to get back into action.

The Celts have only suffered two defeats in the last 12 league matches – and they were narrow back-to-back losses against second-placed Scunthorpe United over Christmas.

Farsley come into the game in fine form, following a decent draw at Curzon Ashton (in a game they should have won) and a fine 2-0 home win against third-placed Scarborough Athletic.

The gaffer. Photo: John McEvoy

“In some ways the break because to the weather didn’t come at the best of times as we’ve been in good run of form and as a player you just want to get back on the pitch. But on the plus side it does give us time on the training pitch and gives players the chance to overcome some knocks,” Clayton said.

The gaffer is expecting a tough away game tomorrow night against a full-time side sitting just above the Celts in the table.

He said: “South Shields like to play expansive football, especially at home. They currently have an interim manager and got their first win since 14 November last time out (a 3-2 thriller at Bishops Stortford) and their confidence will have taken a boost from that.

“But we are in good form ourselves and come into the game with confidence. It will be two confident teams going into the match and I think it’ll be a good football game which I’m looking forward to!”

Kick-off time

The match kicks off at 7.45pm.

Ticket news, travel & parking

All the important supporter information for the clash – including tickets and travel – can be found here. Our supporters’ club is running a coach to the game and spaces are still available. Cost is £20. Contact John Stubbs on 07904 187327 to book and for departure times.

Team news

The Celts have no new injury concerns to report.

Lewis Turner and Joao Silva are out on loan at Ossett United in a bid to gain extra minutes and the gaffer has long-term absentees Jack Leckie and Harry Sheridan back in training. There’s no news on Darren Stephenson’s return.

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