Athletic ready for Farsley test

SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Paul Olsson believes his side will be up to the test when they travel to leaders Farsley tomorrow.

Farsley currently lie 22 points ahead of Boro in the NCEL Premier standings, but Olsson’s men do hold a number of games in hand.

Boro slipped to a home defeat against the West Yorkshire side earlier this season, a result that Olsson is confident his side can reverse this weekend.

He said: “It is going to be a difficult game, but we have said before that we always play well against the division’s better sides.

“We have beaten Bridlington Town this season and we should have won at Parkgate.

“I really don’t think we played well against Farsley in the early stages of the campaign, but at the same time I didn’t think they were that much better than us.

“They do have a lot of players who have played at a higher level, but if we show the commitment and the application that we can show, then I don’t think we’ll be far away.

“It is a good arena to play in because Farsley do have a good ground. The pitch will also be decent, which will suit us.”

Olsson was pleased with his side’s President’s Cup performance on Tuesday night, which saw them grab a 3-1 win at Thackley.

This came just days after the disappointment of the 4-4 home draw against lowly Hallam.

He added: “I was very pleased with the reaction. We all know what went wrong against Hallam on Saturday and we had to put that right.

“It was a nice way to bounce back because Thackley are no mugs, especially on their own patch.”

Boro are now waiting on midfielder Brent Leister (thigh) and keeper Tom Woodhead (thumb), though Gary Hepples and Joel Hartley will take their places back in the squad.”