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Farsley Celtic v Bishop’s Stortford: Blues seek first win of 2024 as they head for Leeds after 150th anniversary flop

Bishop’s Stortford hope to bounce back following their disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to Gloucester City during their 150th anniversary celebrations as they take on Farsley Celtic away on Saturday (February 3, kick-off 3pm), writes Hector Clark.

The Blues sit bottom of the Vanarama National League North table, eight points behind Darlington and 15 points from safety, with 16 games left to play.

They will be looking for their first league win of 2024 and only their second away from home all season, after their 2-0 victory at Darlington two days before Christmas. Since then they have lost all seven league games – five of them at home – and the only highlight has been the 6-1 thrashing of National League Aldershot Town in the FA Trophy to reach the last 16.

Amadou Kassarate equalises for the Blues against Gloucester City. Picture: Gerred Gilronan
Amadou Kassarate equalises for the Blues against Gloucester City. Picture: Gerred Gilronan

Leeds-based Farsley Celtic sit 14th in the table, nine points from both the play-off and relegation zones. They have won only one of their last five games.

Only five teams have conceded fewer goals than their tally of 32, but only Darlington (22) have scored fewer than the Celts’ 26.

The last time the teams faced each other was August 19 at Stortford’s RDA Stadium, when Farsley went home with a 1-0 win thanks to Darren Stephenson’s goal in the 32nd minute.

Celts captain Chris Atkinson acknowledges that the battle with the Blues at The Citadel on saturday won’t be easy.

“Even though Bishop’s Stortford are bottom of the league, we can’t take them lightly, there are no easy games in this league,” he said.

Hector Clark is a Year 12 A-level student at Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth who has spent a week on work experience with the Indie.

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