Farsley AFC not giving up on the play-offs – Parsley

UPBEAT: Farsley boss Neil Parsley takes his side to Witton Albion - the club where he started his playing career.

UPBEAT: Farsley boss Neil Parsley takes his side to Witton Albion - the club where he started his playing career.

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Despite falling out of the Evo Stik Division One North play-off zone, Farsley AFC manager Neil Parsley remains confident his side can reach the top five.

On a day of crucial fixtures for the teams hoping to win a place in the end of season lottery, ninth-placed Farsley make the trip to third-placed and in-form Witton Albion.

Parsley returns to the club where he began his career before his move to Leeds United in 1988

But his mind is fully focused on trying to achieve a win to keep Farsley in the hunt for the play-offs.

It is the second of three tough fixtures for Farsley against play-off rivals ahead of next week’s away game at Woodley Sports.

Parsley knew the period was going to be tough, but believes that after Woodley, Farsley enter a month of matches that could cement a top-five place.

“It is going to be tight right to the end,” he said.

“I said at the end of last month we were coming into a glut of difficult games.

“Obviously it is towards the end of the season when we have a run of games that on paper are winnable and these are ones we need to highlight.

“Woodley beating Fylde on Tuesday night was bad news and disappointing for us.

“But there are going to be plenty of twists between now and the end of the season.”

The first of the matches with their rivals was at Skelmersdale United last Saturday where Simeon Bambrook’s first-half wonder goal earned Farsley a point.

In mid-week, Farsley bowed out of the West Riding County Cup at Guiseley and Parsley, who is without the services of David Briggs (two-game suspension), expects a battle tomorrow.

There are also doubts over the fitness of skipper Mark Jackson (knee).

“There are going to be personnel and a system change which will be down to us trying to combat the strengths of Witton,” he said.

“I am confident with the ammunition we have got that we are always going to score goals.

Tough

“It is going to be a tough game, just like Skem’ was last Saturday along with Guiseley on Tuesday night.

“I was really pleased with the second half at Guiseley and also the first half at Skelmersdale and if we can string those two performances together then we have a chance of getting a positive result.

“Witton are on a great run, but I know that Skem’ went and won there last month.”

While concentrating on their game, Farsley will also have one eye on Skelmersdale’s clash with second-placed Curzon Ashton and also Garforth Town’s trip to Lancaster City, who sit in fifth.

Having won two league games on the bounce, Garforth are firmly back in the play-off picture and are in seventh.

Manager Steve Nichol is delighted to have seen his side respond to three straight defeats in the right manner and admits the race for the play-offs is hard to call.

“It is a tough trip, but we are going into it after a couple of good wins,” he said.

“We seem to have got our confidence back because we had hit a bit of a sticky patch.

“But, we had been unlucky with injuries and did have a weakened squad.

“The league is still wide open though.

“Curzon or Fylde will take top spot, but beyond that, the play-offs are wide open and could change again this weekend.

“Our squad is very strong and we have a good opportunity (to reach the play-offs). We don’t want it to pass us by so if we need to and the right player becomes available, we will take the opportunity (to strengthen our squad).”

Elsewhere, struggling Wakefield FC welcome Bamber Bridge, Ossett Albion make the short journey to Harrogate Railway and Ossett Town head to Cammell Laird.

In the Premier Division, Bradford Park Avenue welcome Stafford Rangers and Frickley Athletic visit old boss Billy Heath’s North Ferriby United.

In the South, Goole host Kidsgrove Athletic.

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