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Non-league weekend previews
Farsley will be hoping lightning does not strike twice when the FA Trophy competition begins tomorrow, however the omens do not look good.
Neil Parsley’s men have been drawn at Kendal Town, one of their Evo-Stik Division One North rivals, in the preliminary round.
Second-placed Kendal won the recent league meeting at the Lakeside Radio Stadium 3-0.
Also fresh in the memory is Farsley’s exit to Lancaster City, another league counterpart, in the FA Cup.
Things have picked up for Farsley in recent weeks, with seven points from a possible nine and ten goals scored with only three conceded.
Parsley said: “Aiden Savory had to come off just before half-time time on Saturday with a hamstring injury and I think tomorrow is a bit too soon for him. He could be out for another week at least.
“We had three tough and important league games in the space of eight days so it was a little bit of a relief that Tuesday’s game was off.
“We should have played Ossett Town but they had an FA Cup replay so it gave us chance to regroup and have a couple of good training sessions.”
Thackley will be looking to strike back tomorrow after losing the leadership of the Toolstation Northern Counties East Premier Division last weekend.
The Dennyboys were staring down at the rest of the table but slumped to third place following a defeat to title-hopefuls Bridlington.
This weekend sees Thackley making the short trip to mid-table Glasshoughton Welfare, who could leapfrog Albion Sports with a win.
Albion are on the same points as Glasshoughton, above them on goal difference, and have two games in hand.
However, Albion face a stern test as they journey to the east coast to take on Bridlington, who have had a slow start after their third-placed finish with a record points total last term, but are still well placed.
Another top-half clash sees ninth-placed Brighouse Town travelling to Athersley Recreation. Athersley are just two points off the summit despite only being promoted to the top tier, as runners-up to Albion, last term.
Liversedge are showing signs of recovery following a poor start and they will be looking to continue their revival with a home victory over third-from-bottom Parkgate. Sedge will be full of confidence after winning three of their last four games.
That run includes their midweek victory over Silsden in the West Riding County Cup first round.
Silsden are far from top form in the North West Counties Premier and face a tough home game tomorrow.
The Cobbydalers have lost more than half of their 11 starts in the league this term and are fourth from bottom.
Their visitors, Norton United, are second in the table, and have lost just once this term.