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Jimmy Spencer: “We All Need to be Ambitious”

Since joining the club just before the start of last season, Jimmy Spencer has been crucial to the club’s success.

The striker, who joined from Mansfield Town, scored 26 goals in all competitions as he helped the Celt Army to the Northern Premier League title, whilst also being crowned the Northern Premier League Player of the Year.

Following a setback earlier in the summer Spencer is back fit, hitting the target in his return to the side against Albion Sports, and raring to go with the new season underway on Saturday.

Spencer, said: “I think it was just a sprain really, I thought it was bad at first when I did it, but I’ve had three weeks off now. It seemed to be back to normal the other night, and I got through the game (against Albion Sports) alright. We’ll see how it is in training this week.

“I was hoping to have had a full pre-season behind me, but I’ve missed three weeks and that was my second game the other night. I didn’t feel very sharp, but we’ve got a few more training sessions before we start and hopefully, I’ll be ready for Saturday.”

This summer has seen three new additions to the squad in Tyler Walton, Jordan Richards and Elliott Wynne, who have all joined what is a tight-knit squad.

The Leeds born striker added: “They’re all good lads, I think they’ve all come into this team knowing what we’re about really, which is just a good set of lads; hardworking, honest, and they’re fitting into that mould pretty well.

“That was our main strength last year, the dressing room. It’s a brilliant dressing room, one of the best dressing rooms I’ve been in for sure, and that gets you a long way on the pitch.

“When you all get on in the changing room you go that extra 10, 20% out on the pitch, and I think last season that was why we were so successful, because everyone dug in for each other and everyone was pulling in the same way.”

Ambitions are high heading into the new campaign, with Spencer saying: “Obviously, it’ll be a little bit better than last year’s league, but I think we’re good enough to compete, 100%.

“As a squad we need to set out our aims, which is staying up first and foremost. We need to stay up and come Christmas see where we are. Hopefully we can have a late push and continue into the playoffs if we’re there, that’d be brilliant.

“You speak to Paul (Barthorpe, chairman) and you speak to Lakey (Adam Lakeland) and their ambitions are very high, this club’s going in the right place. They’re both ambitious and that only filters down into the team on a matchday.

“We all need to be ambitious, and why not get into the playoffs and try and do something?

“Personally, I don’t ever set myself targets, I know it’s a cliché, but I just take it game by game. I try and score every game or help the team the best I can.

“I don’t set any targets for goals, but if I can go one better, I always try and do better than the last season I had.”

With Saturday’s game against Darlington fast approaching, Farsley’s number nine concluded: “We’ve just got to go out and be hard to beat, and be resilient, and hopefully we’ll get a win.”

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