Match Preview: Farsley Celtic (H)

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Bradford (Park Avenue) will look to earn their first home win of the season as near neighbours Farsley Celtic visit the Horsfall Stadium on Tuesday.

Avenue won for the first time this term with a dramatic victory over Darlington last Monday, but slipped to defeat at the hands of Telford at the weekend.

Marcus Law’s side managed to double their season’s goal tally in the Telford clash, as Lewis Knight and Riccardo Calder both got on the scoresheet, but a late Brendon Daniels winner condemned them to defeat.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Law and Avenue, who had previously managed two consecutive clean sheets against Darlington and Blyth.

New signing Isaiah Bazeley came off the bench for an Avenue side who had seen five players depart during the week.

Lewis Rathbone had joined Pickering Town on loan, while Zayn Hakeem, Sam Wright, Jake Croft and Matty Clarke were all allowed to leave the club.

Tuesday’s visitors Farsley bring a number of familiar faces with them to the Horsfall Stadium, with former Avenue men Adam Clayton, Nathan Turner and Mark Bett among their ranks.

Fellow former Bradford winger Paul Walker this week joined Scarborough Athletic on loan, and hence won’t make his return to a ground on which he became a firm fan’s favourite over the years.

Promoted in the summer, Farsley have had an up and down start to the season, but come into the Avenue clash on the back of two straight defeats.

A home loss against fellow league newcomers King’s Lynn was followed by a comfortable defeat at Altrincham on Saturday as Adam Lakeland’s men continue to find their feet.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm at the Horsfall Stadium.

Recent League Form

Bradford (Park Avenue)
AFC Telford United (H) L 2-3
Darlington (A) W 1-0
Blyth (H) D 0-0
Alfreton (A) L 0-4
Gateshead (A) D 1-1

Farsley Celtic
Altrincham (A) L 1-3
King’s Lynn (H) L 1-2
Gateshead (A) W 3-0
Spennymoor Town (H) W 1-0
Southport (H) L 0-3

Last Time Out

Bradford (Park Avenue): Taylor (c), Lund (Bazeley 56), Calder, Wood (Holmes 56), Moran (Gibbons 64), Digbeu, Knight, Marriott, Dockerty, Hurst, Headley

Farsley Celtic: Wynne, Richards, Hayhurst (B. Atkinson 74), Higgins (Ellis 74), Allan, Clayton (c), Walton, C. Atkinson, Spencer, Cartman (Syers 74), Parkin

Admission Prices
Adult – £10
Concession (OAP, Student) – £8
Under-17 – £1

Words: Joe Cockburn
Image: John Rhodes