Coming up next for Town

THESE are heady days for FARSLEY CELTIC, who were formed by a bunch of enthusiasts as little more than a village team in the suburbs of Leeds back in 1908.

SATURDAY (Saturday January 13) Nationwide Conference North

TOWN v Farsley Celtic (3 pm)

They are not only playing at the highest level in their history after gaining promotion from the Unibond League, via the play-offs, last season.

But they are also challenging for a dream ticket to the top flight of the Nationwide Conference after a season that has surpassed even their own expectations.

Farsley currently sit seventh in the table, only two places and one point behind Town. And although they have one of the worst goalscoring records in the division (only 27 goals), they boast one of the best defensive records (conceded only 24).

They are very much a team in the mould of their manager, Lee Sinnott (42), who was a reliable professional defender with clubs such as Bradford City, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town.

Marshalling Sinnott's current back four is captain Chris Stabb (29), while the pick of his squad is midfielder Carl Serrant (30), formerly of Oldham Athletic.

Farsley also boast a midfield player, Roy Stamer (28), who once played in the German Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

The goalscoring duties are shared by 21-year-old Damien Reeves, 24-year-old Gareth Grant (ex-Bradford City) and veteran Simeon Bambrook, although when Farsley beat Town 1-0 at their Throstle Next ground in September, the goal was netted by Martin Pemberton (30), who spent a couple of years at Mansfield Town between 2000 and 2002.

Town will be thirsting for revenge after an insipid performance that day. But they must overcome a side on the crest of a wave – especially after reaching the First Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history.

On the first occasion, back in 1974, they took on Tranmere Rovers in front of a crowd of 11,000 in a tie switched to Leeds United's nearby Elland Road ground.

This time, they staged it themselves and did themselves proud by holding Milton Keynes Dons, of Coca-Cola League Two, to a goalless draw before losing the replay 2-0.