Farsley eager to cut the gap

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Farsley go into their 20th Evo-Stik League game of the season on Saturday needing a win to stay in the Division One North play-off hunt.

Neil Parsley’s men are currently seventh, two places outside the zone for the end-of-season extras, but could leap back up to fourth with victory at Burscough if other results go their way.

Parsley has reiterated to his players that he expects them to keep putting points on the board to keep the club in the chase ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period.

They head to mid-table Burscough expecting a tough test. The Lancashire outfit may be five places and eight points adrift of their visitors but they have lost fewer games, proving that they are a very difficult team to beat.

The hosts have scored almost as many goals as Parsley’s men, 35 to Farsley’s 37, but have played two games less.

The opportunities are dwindling for Farsley to peg back some of their rivals as they have played five games more than two of the clubs above them. In fact, Warrington are the only club in the top six to have played more games than Farsley.

They will be in good spirits after a midweek victory as they gained some revenge on Ossett Albion by knocking them out of the League Cup.

It was the fourth meeting of the clubs this season. Albion forced a draw at Throstle Nest in the FA Cup and then won the replay.

They had also won the league meeting 2-0. Tom Corner scored one of Albion’s goals that day but he has since been snapped up by Bradford Park Avenue.

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