IT’S noW or never for Farsley AFC in their play-off quest with Neil Parsley labelling tonight’s home clash with Evo-Stik North rivals Scarborough Athletic as a ‘must win’ fixture.
Farsley’s annoying propensity for losing to lower-ranked sides in the division surfaced again on Saturday when they went down 2-1 to Ossett Albion, much to the dismay of Parsley.
The Villagers’ chief offered no excuses for the loss and says his side must compensate with victory against fifth-placed Boro at Throstle Nest tonight.
Farsley have claimed several choice scalps on home soil this term, most notably Darlington 1883 and Northwich Victoria en route to an impressive 11 victories so far in 2014-15.
It is proving the bedrock of their quest to make the play-offs and they could certainly do with two more this week against Boro – seven points clear of Farsley, albeit having played a game more – and Clitheroe.
Parsley, whose side lie in eighth spot, said: “We have games in hand, but Tuesday is a must-win now and then we have another home game on Saturday.
“We will start with this week and we have to make sure we get maximum points.”
“If we have aspirations about getting into the play-offs, with all due respect, we have got to be beating the Ossett Albion’s of this world.
“We didn’t impose ourselves or deal with situations in the game very well and got what we deserved – nothing.
“When we are down at the business end of the season, I found it hard to get my head around the performance we put in.
“Saturday was poor and we need to get back on the horse.
“We have had decent results against the so-called stronger sides in the division and have dropped points at the likes of Padiham, New Mills and Brighouse and now Ossett Albion.
“I can’t put my finger on it; it’s a strange one. It’s going to certainly force us to face the stronger sides and have to get results before the end of the season.”
Farsley must make do tonight without loan winger Luke Porritt, who has returned to parent club Guiseley, with Mark Bower forced to recall him due to several attacking players currently being in the treatment room at Nethermoor.
Parsley, who says that raiding the transfer market is not on the agenda at the moment, remains hopeful that Porritt will still be able to return to Farsley at some point before the end of the season.
He confirmed: “Hopefully, when Guiseley’s injury list reverts, then we will get Luke back involved as that gives us an option with his pace.”
Elsewhere tonight, Brighouse play host to Bamber Bridge and in the Premier, Frickley Athletic entertain Halesowen.
In the First Division South, Goole host Spalding and in the Conference, FC Halifax welcome Barnet at The Shay, whose surface has been labelled as an “embarrassment” by chairman David Bosomworth.
The original fixture was postponed at the end of January due to a waterlogged pitch.
Action in the NCEL sees struggling Liversedge face a tough trip to fourth-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
Division One promotion chasers AFC Emley can return to the summit above Pontefract Colls with victory over visiting Winterton.
Hemsworth can move up into fifth position with a win at Hall Road Rangers and Yorkshire Amateur play host to Grimsby Borough.