NEIL PARSLEY has expressed his disappointment at several targets reneging on summer moves to Farsley Celtic – but insists the club are better off without them.
The Farsley boss admits his squad options are still light – especially up front – but he is prepared to be patient to bring in the right players, with the right attitude.
Parsley, whose side aim to claim their first seasonal Evo-Stik North win at the fourth time of asking at home to Brighouse Town tonight (7.45pm), said: “It was a very difficult pre-season as we found it difficult to get players in.
“Me and Jacko (assistant Mark Jackson) still feel we need to get a couple in to give us more attacking options.
“But it has proved difficult this summer. Adam Priestley has gone to Shaw Lane and Matt Dempsey has also left as has Mikey Aspin.
“We have got two or three in, but still feel as if we need to bring another few in.
“It is not through the want of trying, we have worked hard.
“But we have been let down by people agreeing on deals and then reneging.
“I have been a bit disappointed with how a couple of players have conducted themselves.
“It never ceases to amaze me. But if that is how players want to conduct themselves, it is not what I try to portray.
“As a squad, we are better off without them, to be honest.”
After a nightmare start in their opener with Kendal Town, who triumphed 3-0 at Throstle Nest, Parsley’s side have followed up with improved performances at Scarborough Athletic and Warrington Town, but have just picked up a solitary point to their name.
But Parsley is confident that their rewards will come if replicate the performances level in their last two games.
Parsley said: “It’s been a tough start. We started off poorly against Kendal, which wasn’t what the doctor ordered – especially to concede after 15 seconds of a new season.
“But to be fair to the players, they have bounced back well with two decent performances at Scarborough and Warrington away and we are pleased with that.
“The aim is to do better than last season. We are punching above our weight at the minute with what is out there.
“We want to do the best we can.
“It is an honest football club with players who me and Jacko believe are honest footballers.
“It would be nice to get into the top ten and hopefully we will achieve that.
“It will be another tough division.
“Any division with the Scarboroughs and Bamber Bridges of this world in there will be tough and others will also fancy their chances.
“But if we can go about our business and bring a couple of players in, hopefully we can have our say as well.”
Elsewhere this evening, Ossett Town welcome Spennymoor and Ossett Albion go to New Mills.
In the Premier, winless Frickley Athletic welcome Mickleover Sports.
Despite awaiting their first win, Karl Rose’s Blues did at least pick up their first point of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Sutton Coldfield, through a last-gasp leveller from John Cyrus – and they will be aiming to build on that.
Goole AFC head to Leek Town in the First Division South.
NCEL Premier leaders Tadcaster host Staveley tonight, while Nostell and Albion Sports visit Retford and Barton Town respectively.
In Division One, Yorkshire Amateur, Glasshoughton and Knaresborough welcome AFC Mansfield, Rossington and Hall Road Rangers. Hemsworth and Selby go to Teversal and Lincoln Moorlands.