NEIL PARSLEY is the first to admit that pre-season did not exactly go swimmingly for Farsley – and their league opener on Saturday was not what the doctor ordered either.
The Villagers’ Evo-Stik League First Division North curtain-raiser at Lancaster City proved a disappointing one for Parsley’s troops, who tumbled to a 3-0 Roses’ defeat with the manager grateful for having a chance to hit back at an early juncture at home to Ossett Town this evening.
It’s been a hectic summer at Throstle Nest with a number of new faces arrving, including former Eccleshill hot-shot Marcus Edwards, ex-Darlington and Halifax winger Jason St Juste along with Spencer Harris, Lewis Nightingale and Jake Lofthouse.
Paddy Miller and Tom Morgan have left, with the disjointed nature of Farsley’s pre-season having also a bit of a hangover effect at Lancaster on Saturday.
Parsley said: “We didn’t get the result we wanted on Saturday, but it is not the be-all and end-all, although we were still disappointed.
“We go into the Ossett game wanting to get points on the board as soon as we can.
“We have five or six new faces and it will take them a little bit to bed in, but they are good players.”
He added: “The summer has been a busier one than we wanted, mainly due to Paddy Miller and Tom Morgan leaving us, which was unexpected and something we had to sort out along with the additions we planned.
“Pre-season has also been a bit disjointed as we were trying to get a date out of Leeds for a pre-season friendly and Bradford City and from the financial aspect, the club wanted to hold fire as long as we could to try and get those games in and they didn’t materialise.
“It ended up in us scrambling around trying to get fixtures and the planning of the games wasn’t right and the games were pulled together instead of being spread out.
“In that respect, it has been a bit frustrating for me and Jacko and not an ideal preparation. There’s no problems with the lads fitness levels, but just the recovery rate in between, which wasn’t what we wanted.”
Play-off candidates for the past few seasons, Farsley are also aiming to be in the mix this time around, although Parsley feels that the division will be even more competitive this season with the likes of Darlington and Salford having flexed their muscles considerably.
Parsley added: “There’s quite a few clubs who will challenge such as Darlington, Salford and Warrington along with Scarborough and Spennymoor.
“These all have decent budgets. Last year, there were five teams from seven, but this year, I think it’s five teams from 10 or 11.”
Another West Yorkshire derby takes place at Dimple Wells tonight with Ossett Albion playing host to divisional new boys Brighouse Town.
Brighouse got off to a winning start at the weekend with a 2-1 success over Radcliffe Borough, while Albion claimed a hard-fought point in a goalless draw at Prescot Cables.
A third White Rose affair seeing Harrogate Railway – who amazingly drew 5-5 at the weekend with Mossley – travelling to Scarborough Athletic.
Frickley head to Norfolk to take on King’s Lynn in the Premier Division.
Action in the First Division South sees Goole welcome Sheffield.
The Northern Counties East League’s League Cup gets underway tonight, with Hemsworth MW making the trip to Clipstone.
Selby Town have a home fixture against Louth Town.
Yorkshire Amateur entertain Hall Road Rangers.
In the Premier League, Glasshoughton make the relatively short journey into North Yorkshire to play Pickering Town.