FC Halifax Town under 19’s manager Mark Trueman has said his side must deal with Farsley Celtic’s physicality ahead of their trip to The Villagers on Wednesday afternoon (2pm kick off).
Halifax will travel across West Yorkshire to take Farsley in their fourth league match of the season following successive wins over Harrogate Town (10-0) and Gateshead (4-1) in the National League Alliance.
Town, who sit 3rd in the league table, will be looking maintain their fine form against a strong Celtic side.
“Farsley have always been a tough test to be honest,” admitted Trueman, they always work hard, they compete. They’re quite physical, strong and they make it hard for us to play.”
“I’m expecting the same really from them. I think it’s going to be a good test, they’re going to press us, they’re going to try and cause us problems but it’s a challenge that we want as a team.”
Despite the physical disadvantages his side may face, Trueman is determined to stick to their footballing principles.
“There’s nothing we’ll change in terms of how we play,” continued Trueman.
“We’re not the biggest team in the world so we’ve got to play to our players and our strengths. I’m a coach who wants to play football, wants to play through the thirds so it suits the players really.”
“If we do recognise where the space is, and it is means going a bit longer with there’s space to hit the number nine then we’ll try and exploit that as well.”
Farsley have lost three of their opening four league matches this season, but Trueman say he won’t be underestimating the opposition.
“I never go into any game thinking that we’re going to win because of who we are or what we’ve been doing in the past,” Trueman said.
“It’s all about how we perform on the day. We’ve got to work hard, we’ve got to earn the right to play.
“If we perform in the way that we performed at Harrogate, and even at Hartlepool, then I think we should get the result.”
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