Farsley Celtic face a huge test on Saturday as they welcome National League outfit Southport to Throstle Nest in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy. Farsley have already put in some memorable performances in this competition this season and will be looking for another as they attempt to defeat the professional side who sit 55 places higher in the football pyramid.
The Celts have been in superb form of late, losing just one of their last twelve games in all competitions, a 1-0 defeat last Saturday against Trafford which leaves the side 6th in the Evo-Stik Divison 1 North. Most recently Farsley defeated Glasshoughton Welfare 3-1 in the West Riding County Cup, with James Walshaw scoring a brace and Adam Clayton aso getting on the scoresheet. To reach this stage of the competition Farsley have already dispatched of Radcliffe Borough (3-1), Mossley AFC (3-1) Evo-Stik Premier Division side Barwell (3-2), and National League North side Tamworth (4-0) in a replay following a 2-2 draw at Throstle Nest. On the injury front Ryan Serrant suffered a knock in Tuesday’s victory and Alex Davidson is still a while off returning from his hamstring injury. Farsley Celtic joint manager Neil Parsley said “The game is a great day for everyone at the club. Supporters, players and all those that do so much work around the club will be able to enjoy the match.”
National League Southport have not had the greatest of starts to the season as they hover just above the relegation zone, one point clear of the danger zone. They will be desperate to regain some form having gone winless in their last five matches, however have had a full week to prepare following last Saturday’s postponement against Barrow. Southport will be able to welcome back Neil Ashton from suspension, whilst Jordan Lussey returns from injury in their most recent outing, a 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors. Meanwhile, midfielder Gary Jones has joined Altrincham on a months loan. Ahead of the match Southport manager Steve Burr, who replaced Andy Bishop in September, said “we know how well they’re (Farsley) playing, their team looks full of confidence so we know how tough the game will be. As we do against all teams we’ll do our homework and we’ll try and find a way to try and get through.” You can listen to the full interview with Steve Burr below.
Farsley Celtic: WDWLW
Southport FC: LLDLD
Farsley Celtic: 6th
Southport FC: 20th
Route to the first round:
Preliminary Round -A Radcliffe Borough (3-1)
1st Qualifying Round – A Mossley FC (3-1)
2nd Qualifying Round -A Barwell FC (3-2)
3rd Qualifying Round -H Tamworth FC (2-2)
3rd Qualifying Round replay – A Tamworth FC (4-0)
This will be Southport’s first game in the competition.
First round draw: http://www.thefa.com/competitions/fa-trophy/fixtures
So why not come down and cheer on your local team in Saturday’s big match, the game takes place at Throstle Nest, postcode LS28 5BE and kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices are just £7 adults, £4 concessions and £1 U16s so come and cheer the side on in the biggest game of the season so far!