Farsley Celtic fully focused on Telford after Trophy ‘mistake’

following a run of three straight league defeats, Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland has prioritised tomorrow’s home clash with Telford over the club’s FA Trophy replay with Barnet.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 9:22 am
Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland.

Last weekend Celtic fell to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Curzon Ashton which saw Lakeland describe it as one of the worst defeats since he joined the club.

He added: “We were individually and collectively poor in every department. At this level of football you can’t afford to be like that.

“Hopefully that was just an off-day and Saturday gives us an opportunity to put in a performance. We’re at home. We’re a wounded animal after what happened but the only way to put those kind of performances behind is to return to winning ways.”

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Farsley Celtic joint manager Russ O'Neill.

Tomorrow’s opponents, Telford, are also in pretty poor form having failed to bag a win in three straight league fixtures. What’s more, with Farsley just two points off the play-offs, a win could very easily improve the atmosphere around the Citadel.

Lakeland revealed he will be going all out to get the victory saying: “I made a mistake last Saturday because I rested a couple of players with the Barnet game in mind. This time we’ll be going as strong as we possibly can. We’ll try to return to winning ways and if that means we pick up one or two knocks ahead of the Barnet game then we’ll just have to pick the best team we can for that Barnet replay.”

Guiseley will also be looking for a return to winning ways when they take on Brackley Town.

Despite the defeat to Darlington, the West Yorkshire outfit still occupy the last play-off place courtesy of their one point lead over Gateshead and Spennymoor Town.

Guiseley joint manager Marcus Bignot.

Joint-manager Russ O’Neill is expecting a tough challenge saying: “Another real difficult task away at Brackley. They’re a really experienced team that’s been together for a really long time. Hopefully we’ll take our lads there and come away with a positive result.”

In order to win, Guiseley will have to overcome a two match winless run against the Saints. Brackley have won their last two encounters against the Lions winning 2-0 on both ocassions.

One of the main issues for the Lions in recent weeks has been their defence in the early stages of games.

Three weeks ago Marcus Bignot’s and O’Neill’s men conceded a goal in the 10th minute against Chester, and they followed that up by going 1-0 down against Altrincham in the opening quarter of an hour.

This week the situation has become a lot more worrying with the team conceding goals in the opening five minutes against both Gloucester and Darlington.

Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Bradford Park Avenue will be looking for only their fourth league win of the season when they travel away to Altrincham.

Mark Bower’s men are currently 14 points adrift at the foot of the table and seem destined for relegation.