Non-League football: Parsley is eager to play down title talk

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boss Neil Parsley has quelled any suggestion of title talk as Farsley AFC seek their fifth consecutive win tonight.

The Villagers made it four wins on the spin on Saturday when a hat-trick from Gibraltar international Adam Priestley gave Farsley a 3-1 success at Burscough in the Evo-Stik League’s First Division North.

Farsley now sit fifth ahead of tonight’s hosting of eighth-placed Spennymoor Town and Parsley’s men will be just two points behind leaders Darlington 1883 should they win their two games in hand.

But Parsley says the likes of big guns Darlington, Northwich Victoria and Droylsden are more likely winners of the division with the Farsley chief merely pleased to be in contention as the season nears its half-way stage.

“There’s no title talk within our dressing room,” Parsley told the YEP.

“We want to stay in touch basically and we know as a football club we are punching above our weight.

“There’s some competitive sides in our league with big aspirations but that’s not to say that we haven’t got them aspirations.

“We just keep going about our business in the level headed professional manner which the boys have done up to now.

“We win games in the right way and when we lose we don’t get carried away – we re-group and try and bounce back.

“That’s our philosophy but if we keep hanging in there and we’re in touch then who knows what will happen?

“As far as the four wins on the spin goes, yes, it’s a decent run but you look at in clumps of games and we want to get to the 40-point mark as soon as we can.

“That will give us a catalyst to the second half of the season to kick on from a decent first half of the season.”

Farsley certainly look destined for at least a play off spot on recent form but the same can be said of tonight’s visitors Spennymoor who would go level on points with Farsley if winning their two games in hand.

Parsley has no doubts that tonight’s visitors are serious promotion contenders with the Farsley chief expecting a tough assignment at Throstle Nest.

Parsley added: “I think Spennymoor, whatever the result on Tuesday, like ourselves they will be knocking on the door for the play-offs and fifth place. I watched them two weeks ago at Darlington and they were very, very unfortunate to get beat 1-0.

“Darlington scored after 20 seconds but Spennymoor took the game to Darlington and Darlington’s keeper had one of them nights where he looked like he wasn’t going to get beaten any way.

“All the reports everywhere you go are ‘we’ve played Spennymoor, they’re decent and they’re big and strong’ and with the financial backing to back that up. We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be very, very difficult.”

In the NCE League Premier Division tonight, sixth-bottom Liversedge will be looking to take the bragging rights when they welcome 12th-placed Garforth Town.

In Division One, third-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare could move second with victory at home to 12th-placed Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, depending on how second-placed Clipstone get on at second-bottom Hallam.

Sixth-placed Yorkshire Amateur could move fourth with victory at eighth-placed Shirebrook Town.

In the North Riding Senior Cup first round, NCE League Premier Division outfit Pickering Town will be looking to cause an upset at Evo-Stik League First Division North high-flyers Scarborough Athletic.

In Conference North, 13th-placed Harrogate Town will be seeking to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Worcester City when they visit Colwyn Bay who are one place and two points above them in the table.

Away from league matters, Tadcaster Albion have been handed a trip to St Helens Town in the FA Vase third round which is the last 32.

St Helens are 18th in the North West Counties Premier – comparable to the NCE Premier in which Albion sit top of the tree. The tie will be played on Saturday, December 6.

Lee Molyneux

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