Farsley: Loss of Bantams friendly a massive blow

Farsley: Loss of Bantams friendly a massive blow

New signing Marcus Edwards has not been available yet for any of Farsley's pre-season matches

Former Eccleshill United player Marcus Edwards is one of two players yet to be available for Farsley in pre-season

First published in Farsley

FARSLEY boss Neil Parsley has been satisfied with his club's pre-season schedule so far – even though the Bantams pulled the plug on their prestigious midweek friendly.

Parsley's men had hit the ground running in their warm-up games with two away wins and a squad of players that already look lean and keen.

He said: "I'm really pleased with the way things have started. It has been difficult for the players with the heat but the fitness levels look good and they have had a couple of games now.

"The only two players who have not been involved yet are Matt Dempsey and Marcus Edwards because they have both been away.

"But we have two games in three days with Albion Sports today and Hemsworth on Monday, so there will be plenty of opportunity to get some game time.

"Then we will have two games left and Guiseley is the one that comes to mind. That will definitely be the toughest test we will have faced and it will set us up for the new season."

Bradford City pulled out of Tuesday's proposed friendly because of fears that the Throstle Nest pitch was not up to standard.

That will not have gone down well with the club's president John Palmer, who is fiercely proud of a surface that is regarded as one of the best in the area.

Parsley said: "It was a massive blow to the club, both financially and in terms of preparation, but we will work around it.

"What is done is done and we have to look forward now and get the match fitness from our remaining games.

"It was nice to win the first two to get off on a positive start but pre-season is not a results business. What it is about is getting match fit, working as a team and getting back into good habits."

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