Seagulls take on double chasers

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls start a busy Easter weekend with their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday (April 15) against table toppers Farsley Celtic who are chasing a league and cup double.

The Yorkshire side lifted the West Riding County FA Cup on Tuesday (top picture) by beating Tadcaster Albion on penalties in the final at Albion’s i2i Stadium.

Richard Marshall gave the Celts the lead with a penalty before Carl Stewart equalised for Tadcaster to take the final to a penalty shoot out where Paul Walker hit the winning spot kick to lift the trophy.

Attention now turns to clinching the league title and following rivals Lancaster City’s shock defeat at Prescot Cables on Tuesday, Farsley currently lead the table by one point and with a far superior goal difference as they head into their final three games.

They are without league’s top goal scorer James Walshaw (31 league goals) through suspension, but Aiden Savory, who scored the only goal when Farsley beat the Seagulls 1-0 in the first game of the season at the Throstle Nest, is available again after also serving a suspension.

Bay boss Phill Hadland, who is looking for a response from his players after Tuesday’s disappointing performance at Radcliffe, should have skipper Sam Barnes back in defence and is hopeful that Tom Schofield will be fit after a swollen knee, but Gaz Grant remains a major doubt through injury.