Saints’ run of four successive away fixtures continues with Tuesday evening’s trip to Farsley Celtic near Leeds. It will be the first time the two clubs have met.
Saturday’s terrific win at Blyth Spartans sets up the trip to Farsley nicely. Kevin Wilkin is in no doubt about the tough challenge that newly promoted Celtic will present: “It’s a good way to start this run of games but they do not get any easier. It will be really difficult on Tuesday evening. We understand that we can be quickly brought down to earth but we will look forward to turning out again on Tuesday. The lads are committed to the cause and hopefully we can come out with something from Tuesday’s game. That will be fantastic for everybody.”
Saturday’s thumping win in the North-East sees Saints in 6th place with one game in hand over all the teams above them. Only King’s Lynn and Chester have scored more goals than Saints and only York City have conceded fewer so there are plenty of encouraging signs for the St James Park faithful as the side faces up to three challenging away games against Farsley Celtic, Guiseley and Boston, all of whom are pushing for play-off contention themselves.
Celtic won promotion last season and are currently 8th, just two points adrift of Brackley. After a strong start to the season form has dipped a little and it is five games now since the last league three-pointer. Home form saw successive wins against Curzon Ashton and then Kettering before a draw against Gloucester was followed by a defeat against Boston United. They drew 1-1 at Hereford on Saturday.
A club of long-standing, it enjoyed one season in the Conference before relegation to Conference North in 2009 and eventual expulsion in the 2009-10 season as unpaid debts mounted. Re-formed as Farsley FC many divisions lower the club successfully won promotions to reach Step 2 again for the 2019-20 season having also reverted its name to Farsley Celtic in 2015. The home ground is The Citadel. Home since 1948 The Citadel was previously called Throstle Nest. It has two main stands with the other two sides open to the elements.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action via the club Twitter feed with a full match report available on the club website shortly after full-time.