Preview: Ossett Town take on Farsley Celtic in play-off final

Ossett Town players celebrate reaching the play-offs. Pic: Mark Gledhill
Ossett Town players celebrate reaching the play-offs. Pic: Mark Gledhill

Ossett Town and Farsley Celtic will contest the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off final tomorrow, Saturday.

Town secured a famous 3-1 victory at Scarborough Athletic in the semi-final on Tuesday to set up a promotion shoot-out with Celtic and put them one step from the Premier Division.

Manager Grant Black was full of pride after the game on Tuesday saying: “The boys push themselves to the limit every game and as I have said before, if we continue to do that no matter what happens on Saturday the future will be bright for the club.”

Town’s Steve Ridley added “We’ve worked so hard this season and are now just one game from taking Town into the Premier Division, which is an unbelievable achievement”.

Jason Yates also gave special mention to the management and the club’s supporters, the Backslappers, saying: “The management gives us the belief and the tools to help and drive us to a result, backed up by an amazing support which seems to be getting better every game.

“The lads and I are truly grateful and just hope we can give them something back at the end of one more 90 minutes.

That 90 minutes will be at Celtic, who ended the season in second place and with two games to go, were favourites for automatic promotion until Town celebrated a 2-0 victory at Throstle Nest.

In their semi-final, Farsley eased past fifth placed Colne 4-0, with each of the goals coming from former Ossett Town players in Aiden Savory, James Walshaw, Adam Clayton and Lewis Nightingale.

Until this season Town have had an awful record against Farsley, having not beaten them since 2002, but that all changed this year with victories home and away. Ridley said: “It is a one-off game. It’s all about who turns up on the day but this will be a must-watch game.”

See today’s Wakefield Express for more on this story.