Farsley AFC boss Neil Parsley predicts a captivating final few months of the season as the race for the Evo-Stik Division One North title race and the play-offs hots up.
Third-placed Farsley, who entertain Warrington Town tomorrow, are firmly in the mix of teams vying for a place in the top five and still have a realistic chance of winning the league.
Farsley are in great form with 10 victories out of their last 12 games – the latest being the 2-1 win at Mossley two weeks ago and Parsley believes big-spending AFC Fylde, who have taken over from Curzon Ashton at the top, are now the team to watch out for.
“We’re kicking into the business end of the season and we’re in a good position, we want to keep our good run of results going,” he said.
“There is going to be a lot of big games between now and the end of the season.
“There are seven or eight teams competing for the top positions and it will be exciting.
“Fylde are in a really rich vein of form and I think anyone finishing above them will probably win the league.
“Garforth have done really well in the last couple of months and are very much in form, but so are Witton.
“It’s going to be whoever holds their form the longest.
“I don’t think I will be making any more signings because I am very happy with my squad and we can cope with the odd injury or suspension.”
It was at Warrington where Farsley earned their first victory of the campaign with an impressive 5-2 victory.
Parsley believes their opponents will be a different kettle of fish tomorrow and admitted that he was disappointed to see last weekend’s home game with Radcliffe Borough postponed due to a frozen pitch at Throstle Nest.
“Warrington is where we got our first win of the season, but they have picked up since then so will be a different animal,” he said. “But I don’t think the two-week break will have helped us.
“It was disappointing because we would have had two home games on the spin and also because we wanted to take the way we played in the second half at Mossley into that game.
“But hopefully we can carry on where we left off at Mossley.”
Parsley expects to have his assistant manager and captain, Mark Jackson, available for the game tomorrow.
Defender Jackson limped off after 10 minutes with ankle ligament damage in the Garforth Town game on January 2 and was unable to feature at Mossley – the first match he has missed this season.
Meanwhile, Ossett Town are hoping to continue their mini-revival when Phil Sharpe’s side host Lancaster City tomorrow.
After a poor end to 2011, Town are now unbeaten in four matches with one win and three draws.
But the visit of Lancaster will be a major test with the Dolly Blues aiming to finish at the top.
“It’s not going to be easy as Lancaster played some good football when we met them earlier in the season,” said Sharpe.
“Lancaster also have the advantage that most of their players train full time, but we’ve tightened up at the back with a few of our experienced men playing more regularly and we have players back from suspension.
“Neil Towler, our top scorer, is back for Saturday. We had a couple of good draws over Christmas, now we just have to start winning games.”
Elsewhere, Wakefield FC go to Witton Albion, in-form Garforth Town face a test at second-placed Curzon Ashton, Ossett Albion go to AFC Fylde and Harrogate Railway travel to Cammell Laird.
In First Division South, Goole host Ilkeston FC.
In the Premier Division, Bradford Park Avenue are at home to Nantwich Town and Frickley Athletic welcome crisis-hit club Northwich Victoria.