Farsley v Ossett Albion: Tracey not distracted by off-field friendship

Ossett Albion boss Richard Tracey (in orange).
Ossett Albion boss Richard Tracey (in orange).
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IF THERE is a loser in Saturday’s derby between Farsley AFC and Ossett Albion, then expect the beaten manager to certainly know about it on Monday morning.

The Evo-Stik First Division North game has more than team bragging rights on it, with the encounter seeing Albion manager Richard Tracey doing battle with a familiar face in Farsley rival Neil Parsley, site manager for a large housing development on the estate where Tracey lives near Wakefield.

Come what may, the banter will be flowing at the start of next week, although as it stands, it is unsure who will be copping it.

Tracey said: “I have bought a house on the estate that Neil runs and helps build and two weeks ago, we were sat on my front door step for about an hour, chatting about players.

“I have known Parse from the non-league circuit for a number of years and we get on well, although we have tried to keep out of each other’s way this week!

“But if things don’t go our way, then I am sure I will know about it on Monday morning.

“But Parse is a good guy and he’s helped us out with one or two things in the past and we have let one or two go there.

“He is one of those who worked hard at it and is one of those who is always out watching football.”

Despite lying fifth-from-bottom Tracey believes Albion are in a decent place at the moment after a win against Padiham last time out in the league and draws with Brighouse and Lancaster.

But the club have received one blow this week with recent signing Rob Bordman moving to NCEL Premier strugglers Nostell to be assistant to new boss Paul Lines.

On tomorrow’s game, Tracey said: “It is a local derby and we need to make sure we are competitive in the game, so we get a result out of it.

“We are unbeaten in three in the league and believe we should have taken nine points out of nine.

“I know Paul Quinn, the Brighouse manager and he said we should have taken all three points against them and we should have taken three points against Lancaster.

“So we are improving and not in a bad place at the moment and the Farsley game will put more of a perspective of it.

“Having competed well lately, we think we can get something.”

On losing Bordman, he added: “It was unforeseen and if I am honest, if he knew it was brewing, he would not have come to us in the first place.

“It is frustrating really as we’ve needed a goalscorer and he scored two big goals for us on Saturday in beating Padiham.

“To lose him quickly is an issue, but we have a few irons in the fire to replace him.

“I did disagree with him that it was a step he needed to take. As a 27-year-old, I said it was something he should not really be thinking about and that he concentrate on playing.

“But he felt it was an opportunity he couldn’t miss, although he’s said he would be happy to remain registered with us, with a view to helping out if needed and they haven’t got a game at Nostell.

“But it is unlikely he will feature unless we are really short.

“We just have to take it on the chin. It works both ways; Liam Schofield left us in the summer and went to Stocksbridge and then wanted to come back because it didn’t work.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, Ossett Town play host to Lancaster City, while Harrogate Railway visit Salford City.

Scarborough Athletic hit the road to Radcliffe Borough.

Frickley host Ashton in the Evo-Stik Premier and Goole visit Gresley in the FA Trophy.

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UP TO the business positions again in Vanarama North, Guiseley are seeking to end a fine week on a high note when they travel to Gloucester City.

Mark Bower’s men head to the south west, buoyed by successive victories over Gainsborough Trinity and Lowestoft and, as on Tuesday evening, the Lions will not require any motivation for the clash against Gloucester tomorrow.

Up to third place after the 2-1 win at Gainsborough, Guiseley are mindful of their hefty 4-1 home loss against Gloucester on August 30 and claiming a spot of revenge, just as they successfully achieved at The Northolme in midweek.

Goals were plundered by Adam Boyes and in-form Oli Johnson, with the former Norwich City man following up his impressive performance against Lowestoft with another choice display against the Lincolnshire outfit.

Gloucester are aiming to claim their second Yorkshire scalp in the space of a week after Harrogate Town’s mini-revival in a 1-0 verdict last Sunday. Simon Weaver’s troops have the opportunity to hit back tomorrow at home to Hyde United at the CNG Stadium.

Several new faces could make their home debuts having recently signed for the club.

They include former Leeds United winger Seb Carole, on the books of Town’s near-neighbours Knaresborough Town last season, and centre-back Luke Shiels.

Definitely out is Ashley Worsfold, who is injured, with Town also allowing striker Ryan Kendall to return to North Ferriby United earlier this week.

FC Halifax, who went down 1-0 at Grimsby Town on Tuesday evening, play host to fifth-placed Woking at the Shay tomorrow.

The Shaymen are down to sixth spot in the Vanarama Conference after their defeat at Blundell Park, but have the perfect opportunity to hit back in the next few weeks, with three of their next four games at home.

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RELEGATION dogfights are nothing new to new Nostell MW boss Paul Lines.

The former Wakefield FC chief had his fair share of it during some turbulent times with the Bears, not helped by off-the-field issues with former landlords Wakefield Wildcats RLFC.

On the pitch, it might be a script Lines has seen before at Nostell – in trouble towards the foot of the Premier – but he is grateful for small mercies.

Namely that the situation behind the scenes is a lot calmer and more settled, with the club having the potential to truly grow – given time.

Lines, whose second-from-bottom side face a crucial game tomorrow at home to the side just above them, Armthorpe Welfare, said: “It is like having our own place. Obviously, Simon (Turfrey) has come as chairman, who I worked with before at Wakefield, and we have all the facilities and infrastructure there.

“We have an under-19s side and realistically if we can put any sort of first team together, we can do okay and build for the future and get some young ones through and be nice and settled.

“We see it as a long-term thing. At Wakefield, we set things out to be long-term and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be any different at Nostell and why we shouldn’t do that.

“Hopefully we can build something. When I first went in at Ammers, there were crowds of 20-odd.

“By the end, there were 120-odd sometimes. Success brings people through the gates.”

On his immediate aims, Lines added: “Short-term, the blueprint is just to keep the team in this league, I get used to this!

“Obviously, the year after, we want to finish halfway at least. We see that as a realistic goal.”

A familiar face from his days at Wakefield joins Lines in the shape of striker Rob Bordman, who comes in as his assistant.

But his main job will be boosting his side’s potency up front, with the frontman having fired goals for fun at Wakefield.

Lines said: “When you have Rob, you have half a chance, with the goals he scores.”

Elsewhere, Tadcaster Albion, nine points clear at the top and fresh from a remarkable 10-0 victory over Armthorpe, welcome Albion Sports, while Garforth host Athersley Rec.

Glasshoughton and Thackley visit Heanor and Retford, while Liversedge welcome Staveley.

In Division One, derbies see Selby host leaders AFC Emley and Hemsworth visit Eccleshill.

Pontefract Colls host Lincoln Moorlands, while Yorkshire Amateur head to Worsbrough Bridge and Knaresborough go to Rossington.

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