Farsley boss Neil Parsley has revealed he is hoping to strengthen his squad with a couple of new recruits ahead of tomorrow’s clash at fellow Evo-Stik North promotion-chasers Clitheroe.
While being delighted by the contribution of some fledgling players at the club of late, such as Tuesday’s hero Sam Robinson, who snatched a last-gasp point for the Villagers in the 1-1 home draw with bogey side Curzon Ashton, Parsley is seeking to bolster his ranks and if it is before the clash with the side just above them in third-placed Clitheroe, then all the better.
He said: “I am looking at bringing a couple in as we are short of numbers. Mark Jackson has a bad back injury and Sim Bambrook is probably two or three weeks away in his rehab from a knee injury. So we are a bit thin on the ground, but it also gives some of the youngsters at the club an opportunity.
“We obviously saw young Sam Robinson come off the bench to score in midweek and Tom Dugdale has also regularly featured on the bench along with Craig Tomkinson, while on Tuesday, Bob Etherington was also a sub.
“They are all young players from our reserve set-up because of our numbers situation. But we are trying to strengthen, although as a manager, you have to work within your budget at the football club and it’s a case of the right player becoming available.”
Tomorrow’s game across the Pennines at Shawbridge comes less than a fortnight after goals from Josh Radcliffe, Adam Priestley and Gareth Grant – sent off in midweek – saw Farsley emphatically end the Blues’ unbeaten start to the league season in 3-0 Throstle Nest victory and while the hosts will have that reverse firmly in their minds, Farsley also won’t be lacking incentive as they aim to seal a noteworthy double.
Parsley added: “With a short turnaround, our recent win will be in their minds, but also ours as we want the points as much as them.
“There will be a bit of edge as it is third versus fourth, while there’s also the fact we beat them two weeks ago, so there’s a fair bit of spice.
“In the last eight games, we’ve won six, drawn one and lost one and if we can get around the forty-point mark after twenty games, we will be achieving the benchmark we hope to get to.”
If Farsley show the same commitment as they displayed against the odds in Tuesday’s draw with Ashton, then Parsley will be a contented manager with his side producing a spirited performance to avoid a second successive reverse following Saturday’s surprise home setback to Cammell Laird, which abruptly ended their sizzling six-match winning streak.
All told, that run saw Parsley’s side plunder 21 goals and concede just once to show their divisional rivals they firmly mean business.
But it was Farsley’s resolve which shone through last time out, with their stoppage-time point feeling like a win in the circumstances, according to Parsley.
He said: “We lost twice to Curzon last year and they knocked us out of the trophy and it was a point gained to what we got against them last year.
“It might have only been a home point, but make no mistake, Curzon will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“It was an uphill battle when we went down to 10 men, but it actually did kick-start us as Curzon had started off really well. For some strange reason, going down to 10 gave us an impetus and there was a reaction.
“We were unfortunate to go behind close to half-time, but when we missed a penalty early in the second half, you think: ‘Blow the whistle ref, it’s not going to be our night and we will have an early night – off we go!’.
“But fair play to the boys, two minutes into injury time, lo and behold, Sam Robinson pops up with a great equaliser.”
Action elsewhere sees Garforth host away-day specialists Wakefield in a derby encounter, with plenty of playing connections between both sides.
Ossett Albion are at home to Bamber Bridge, with Goole entertaining Curzon Ashton. Harrogate Railway head to Prescot Cables.
In the Premier, Frickley head up to A1 to Blyth Spartans.
Ossett Town are on FA Trophy duty tomorrow with a second qualifying round trip to Burscough, while Whitby Town welcome Ilkeston.