In the 2016/17 campaign, Farsley had captured the West Riding County FA Cup and had secured promotion to the EVO-STIK Premier Division via the Play-offs. Now as the 2017/18 season was drawing to a close, the Celts had the chance to repeat that having retained the County Cup and had made it to the Play-off’s, with the prize of promotion to the National League at stake.
Farsley travelled to Ashton United in midweek on the opening day of May with the winners playing either Warrington or Grantham Town. With the Celts league games against Ashton having both ended in draws, it was always likely to be a tight encounter, and so it proved to be.
The first-half was a very cagey affair with no significant chances to either side, however the game sprang to life in the second period. Farsley began it well, but then conceded eleven minutes after the break through a goal from Tomsett. When Ashton then converted a penalty from Chalmers on sixty-eight minutes it looked game over, but the Celts just dug in and got back in the game just three minutes later through Nathan Turner. In truth the last quarter of the game was all Farsley as they went in search of an equaliser. Ashton though managed to survive the onslaught and the Celts fell just short on the night, losing 2-1. Despite the enormous disappointment it was another battling and courageous display by the team and was an incredible achievement in their first season back in the Premier Division.
Overall it was a season in which silverware was once again in the trophy cabinet in the guise of the County Cup, and one which saw the Celts lose only four games away from home in the league. Throughout the campaign, the side showed incredible belief to come back in games that seemed lost, time and time again. The comebacks against Stalybridge Celtic, Ashton United and Barwell, to name just three will live long in the memory, as will some of the away performances, such as Witton Albion and the victory in the snow at Matlock.
Not long now and it all begins again! Let’s hope for another season to remember.
Updated 11:01 - 12 Jul 2018 by Robert Winterbottom