Match Preview: Farsley Celtic vs Nantwich Town

By Ryan Batty

An immediate bounce-back is needed from Nantwich tomorrow as they travel to Farsley Celtic in Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division. The Dabbers fell to Altrincham in the week in a 5-1 defeat, while Farsley toppled Coalville in a 3-2 victory away from home last Saturday.

It’s Non-League day tomorrow, where the entire country looks to go and support their local side for the afternoon (and hopefully, the season!) – so we need as many fans making the trip to Throstle Nest to roar on The Dabbers from the sidelines.

Match Details:
Farsley Celtic vs NANTWICH TOWN
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Throstle Nest, Farsley
7th October 2017

Ticket Prices:
Adults: £8
Concessions: £5
U16s: £1

Last Time Out:
It was perhaps one to forget for Dave Cooke’s men as they lost 5-1 to Altrincham at the J. Davidson Stadium. Goals from Tom Hannigan, Jordan Hulme, John Johnston, Tom Peers and Josh Hancock ensured The Robins’ victory, while Toby Mullarkey’s last-minute goal was nothing more than a consolation for The Dabbers.

The Opponents:
From one tough game to another as newly-promoted Farsley sit in fifth, just four points off Shaw Lane at the top of the table. Celtic have won three of their last five, and after two consecutive wins, they will be looking to take points from the Dabbers with another win. They missed out on the title last season by a single point, but were promoted through the playoffs, beating the challenge of Colne in the semi-finals, before seeing off Ossett Town in the final.

The Manager – Adam Lakeland
Adam took the reigns of Farsley back in May to lead Celtic into Step Three and looks to pick up where former joint-managers John Deacey and Neil Parsley left off. Lakeland also spent time at Northwich Victoria before stepping down in December. The club would love to be back in the Conference and from his early showing, Adam certainly seems like he’s up for the task!

Key Man – James Walshaw (Forward)
James leads the league in goals scored with thirteen, scoring seven from the penalty spot – so if Nantwich can avoid giving away a penalty that would be lovely! He was with Farsley in their rise to the Conference and has spent time with Halifax, Guiseley, Harrogate and most recently, Shaw Lane. The thirty-three year old will be looking for more goals to help Farlsey move up the league and challenge a return to the Conference. He scored thirty-two goals on the Celts’ promotion campaign last year.

The Stadium – Throstle Nest
Throstle Nest’s clubhouse is open from 12pm on Saturday, and will be showing Sky and BT Sport. Food and drink is available in the clubhouse, but also in the food kiosk, which provides a variety of hot and cold snacks and drinks. It is located next to the main entrance and is open from 1.30pm until shortly after half-time.

The main stand consists of 500 seats(on a first-come, first-serve basis). Standing is available in all other areas of the ground. Covered standing is available behind the goal at the entrance end of Throstle Nest. Car parking is free outside the ground, but you are urged to avoid parking on the streets outside the ground.

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