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Match Preview: Farsley Celtic (A)

Match Preview: Farsley Celtic (A)

Kieran Wilson17 Nov 2023 - 09:58
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Read all the information you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash away at Farsley Celtic.

After Tuesday night's victory, the games continue to come thick and fast but a break from league action is on the cards. A trip to West Yorkshire to face higher league opposition in Farsley Celtic, the reward for a successful campaign in the Isuzu FA Trophy so far.

With four wins in the last five, Radcliffe enter the match in good form, strikers Jordan Hulme and Anthony Dudley have both scored in the last two games. New signing Willem Tomlinson is cup tied and unavailable for selection.

The Journey So Far

Whitby Town (H) 3-2

In the third qualifying round our opponents were Whitby Town, and despite a strong start and an early goal from Jacob Gratton for the Seasiders, three first half goals, one from Hulme and a brace for Luca Navarro, were enough to move past the North East outfit. A late Connor Smith goal made the contest nervy as the final whistle approached but the defence held out to see Radcliffe into the next round.

FC United of Manchester (A) 2-2p

Jamie Morgan’s brace in the first half put Radcliffe in a good place to move into the second round. However, a resilient FC United would battle back in the second half and in the end, found an equaliser in the 87th minute. Despite the best efforts of both sides, the contest had to be settled on penalties. Five out of five saw Radcliffe progress as they were perfect from 12 yards, winning 5-4 in the end after Mateusz Hewelt saved the hosts' spot kick.

The Opposition

National League North side Farsley Celtic are our next hurdle to overcome, this time in the second round proper. Thirteenth-placed Farsley have a balanced record after 18 league matches, with 6 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses. However, their home record is less than impressive, having recorded only one win at The Citadel, which came recently against Boston United. Ben Atkinson is their top scorer in the league with five goals, closely followed by Darren Stephenson on four.

Last season, Farsley made a deep run in the FA Trophy as they reached the Quarter Finals. They beat three National League North sides, AFC Fylde, Bradford PA and Chester, as well as an empathetic 7-1 victory over Marske, also beating Hungerford Town. They were eventually knocked out by National League side and eventual runners up Gateshead.

Ones To Watch

Ben Atkinson is the man to watch for Farsley on Saturday. The midfielder has scored three in his last three games for Farsley, a run in which they have picked up seven points. Important goals, considering the 4-match winless streak they had endured at the end of October.

Fresh off the back of a fifth player of the match performance, Jordan Hulme is the one to watch this weekend for the Boro. The striker picked up his eighth and ninth goals of the season on the road at Morpeth and has already scored once in this FA Trophy run.

Matchday Information

Date: 18/11/23
Kick-off: 3pm
Location: The Citadel


Adults - £15
Concessions (Over 60s) - £10
Students (Only valid with in-date NUS card) - £10
Junior (Ages 11-15) - £6
Child - £3

Family Tickets

Family Ticket A (1 Adult and One Child Under 10) - £16
Family Ticket B (1 Adult and Two Children under 10) - £17
Family Ticket C (2 Adults and One Child Under 10) - £30
Family Ticket D (2 Adults and Two Children Under 10) - £31

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