Garforth Town don’t want to let glorious chance slip

SITTING PRETTY: Steve Nichol and Garforth Town.
SITTING PRETTY: Steve Nichol and Garforth Town.
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Boss Steve Nichol has sent out a message to his side’s fellow Evo-Stik First Division North play-off hopefuls – Garforth Town will do all that is necessary to try and win promotion.

After losing only four times in the league since November, Garforth have climbed to a point off the top five.

The run of games included memorable wins over play-off rivals Farsley AFC, Witton Albion and Woodley Sports, leading to expectations been raised at the Genix Healthcare Stadium.

Garforth face a huge test tomorrow when in-form leaders AFC Fylde visit and Nichol says he will enter the transfer market to boost the Miners’ promotion aspirations.

“We are looking to bring a couple of players in to strengthen,” he said.

“We had a difficult start, but we have been on a great run for 20 games.

“We’re in a good position and basically we want to do whatever we can to guarantee success.


“We have a strong squad but we are looking for more cutting edge to lift the squad for the second half of the season and to also prepare us for every eventuality, such as injuries.

“We have the resources because Simon (Clifford, owner) is an ambitious man and he did pick the club up from its knees when he joined.

“We just think that because of the position we are in, sitting just below the play-offs, we should try and take advantage of it.”

A win tomorrow could put Garforth back into the play-off places, but the Miners will have to beat a Fylde side which has won their last eight league games.

Since appointing former Tranmere Rovers defender and long throw specialist Dave Challinor as manager in November, Fylde have risen from a mid-table position to top spot.

They overhauled Curzon Ashton to take pole position and Nichol believes the Blackpool-based side are in the driving seat for the title.

“We’ve got a tough game against Fylde, but we’re looking forward to it as we have played a lot of the top teams recently and our record shows some good results,” he said.

“Fylde have had a change of manager, he’s brought a couple of new players in and seems to have brought a spirit. At the moment, you would have to say that they are the favourites as they have the budget and resources.

“But the league is still wide open, even though a couple of the teams with a chance have slipped up recently.”

Leading scorer Adam Priestley is set to join Chris Howarth on the long-term injuries list for Garforth after being told that he may need an operation on his knee.

Priestley picked up the injury on the artificial pitch in the dramatic 5-4 victory at Durham City two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Paul Lines is hoping to see his Wakefield FC side win for the first time tomorrow.

Lines took charge in December following the departure of Mark Brier and despite having to cope with no playing budget, Wakefield have only been suffering narrow defeats.

But having slipped into the bottom two because of Ossett Albion’s recent revival, Lines believes tomorrow’s match against lowly Clitheroe at Ingfield is one Wakefield need to win – if the Bears are to escape relegation.

Caldron Henson and Darren Thornton are doubtful, but Lines does have goalkeeper Danny Trueman available again after suspension.

“Clitheroe is one of the games we need to target,” he said.

“No-one expected us to compete with the likes of Farsley, Curzon and Witton, we were expected to get hammered. However, the table doesn’t lie, we need the points to stay in the league.

“It’s going to be tight, but the blueprint is to survive and whether it is on goal difference or by a point, it doesn’t matter. We may have competed against the top teams with no money, but it’s games against the teams around us that we have to win.”

Elsewhere, Neil Parsley’s Farsley head to Lancaster City, Ossett Town travel to Mossley, Ossett Albion host Witton Albion and Harrogate Railway welcome Skelmersdale United.

In First Division South, Goole are at Coalville Town. In the Premier Division, Bradford Park Avenue visit Worksop, Frickley Athletic go to Kendal and Whitby visit Burscough.