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Farsley flying in time for finale
Two stunning results have rocketed Farsley back into the Division One North play-off places in the Evo-Stik League and put their promotion hopes firmly back into their own hands.
The villagers were masters of their own fate going into a very difficult run-in but two draws against promotion rivals and a shock home defeat to mid-table Salford City – just days after news emerged of the buy-out of that club by five Manchester United legends – left Neil Parsley’s men reeling.
But then a 3-2 home victory over Ramsbottom United, who were fifth, and last Monday’s 2-1 win at leaders Curzon Ashton lifted Farsley back to fifth.
The equation now is simple – if they take maximum points from their remaining three games, they will be involved in the end-of-season extras.
Assistant manager Mark Jackson feels that Farsley’s last three fixtures are not all must-win games – but he admits they are cannot-lose games.
Jackson said: “I don’t think we need nine points from them. Statements like that have a habit of coming back to bite you in the backside, but I really don’t think we have to win them all.
“After we had beaten Ramsbottom, I said we had to take four points from the next two and we went to Curzon and won there on Monday.
“That was a huge result but we still need to get something, even if it’s a draw, at (second-placed) Darlington tomorrow. If we can do that, we will see how it pans out.
“It is getting a bit nervous now and I think that will have an effect. The tension is creeping in and it will be the team that holds their nerve the best that gets into the play-offs.
“We have got the impetus with us now and we’re hoping that counts in our favour because its better going into the play-offs with good form, rather than knowing you were in there for a couple of weeks and taking the foot off the pedal.
“We’re not in there yet and it’s the old adage of one game at a time. But we have something to aim for and we have hit form at the right time and we take that with us.
“Form and confidence comes with winning games – we know that because we see it happen at all levels.”