Farsley AFC: Parsley eyes new recruits for second half push

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THE old adage of buying players when you are doing well is not lost upon Farsley AFC boss Neil Parsley, writes LEON WOBSCHALL.

Farsley may be going great guns in the Evo-Stik First Division North, but this has only reinforced Parsley’s view that now is an opportune time to boost his numbers – if he can spot the right candidate.

Fifth-placed Farsley head into an exciting festive programme on the back of an unbeaten five-match league run and if anyone does join, they will be arriving at a club nicely positioned ahead of the second half of the season, according to Parsley.

He said: “I think we need strengthening and need a midfield and striker to bolster the squad and give it the variation in selection.

“We are on the look-out, but as yet nothing has materialised,” he admitted.

Relishing his side’s itinerary ahead of the end of 2014 in a division which seems somewhat open at the top end, he added: “Last year Curzon run away with it, but this year it is close and as long as we stay in touch and hold onto the shirtails of the big boys, we will be happy.

“We have some big games over Christmas, with Darlo coming to town, while we have Harrogate Railway on New Year’s Day and they are doing really well.

“The thing is that the way we are going, we are making them big games because we are doing okay as well.”

First up for Farsley are familiar visitors in Bamber Bridge, just behind them in the table and proving just as competitive as they were last season when they gave most teams at the top a run for their money.

Parsley added: “It’s a great game to look forward to.

“We had two league games and a cup game against them last year and there were tight and I don’t see Saturday being any different.

“Our form is good and just as importantly, there have been some decent performances in there as well.

“The calibre of player we are producing, the work ethic and the way the team is set up is good.

“All things considered, the overall package is we are going well and enjoying it.”

Elsewhere, Ossett Albion are at home to Burscough, while Brighouse Town and Harrogate Railway head to Northwich Victoria and Lancaster, respectively.

In the Premier, Frickley visit Curzon Ashton and Whitby host King’s Lynn.

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