Boss Adam Lakeland confident Farsley Celtic can chalk up first victory of season

Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland is convinced his side can pick up their first victory of the season against an-out-of-sorts Gateshead side at the Citadel this afternoon.

By Will Lancaster
Saturday, 7th November 2020, 5:36 am
Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland. Picture: Steve Riding.
Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland. Picture: Steve Riding.

The Celt Army have made a poor start to their National League North campaign, picking up just two points from five games, and go into this weekend’s outing on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Leamington on Tuesday – a game they should have won on paper, but ultimately found it hard to break down ‘the Brakes’.

However, Lakeland is content with how his side have played this season, and is quietly confident of a win this weekend.

“Obviously we need to start putting points on the board,” he said. “We have to do everything we can to go one better than the Leamington game, but at the same time we are coming up against a very strong side in Gateshead who made the play-offs last season.

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“We are under no illusions that it will be a difficult game but it is one that I think we can win.

“We’re scoring enough, but we know we are conceding too many goals at the moment due to errors and poor decision-making and misfortune. This is something that we are looking to firm up; once this happens, the points will rightfully be on the board.”

Farsley were only four points off the play-off places last season before Covid-19 halted their progress, and despite their slow start this season, Lakeland believes his team can still reach those heights again.

He added: “It’s a bit too early to speculate just yet, especially with results like Leamington, which feels more of a defeat than a draw. We are just taking it one game at a time at the moment, but hopefully we will learn from these mistakes and once we do that we will start to climb the table.”

Meanwhile, Guiseley were set to host Kidderminster Harriers this afternoon, however following a positive Covid-19 test in the first-team the match has been postponed and all Lions’ players have been forced to isolate for 10 days.

This also means that Tuesday’s trip across the Lancashire border to Chorley is postponed.

Elsewhere in National League North today, Bradford Park Avenue host Alfreton Town and York City entertain Chester.