Farsley’s best winning streak of the season – four successive wins - continued with a West Riding County Cup victory over a spirited Knaresborough Town at Throstle Nest. The 4-1 win saw the Celts overcome the first hurdle in the defence of the trophy and in the process, earn a Second-Round tie away at Brighouse Town.
Speaking after the game Farsley boss Adam Lakeland was honest in his appraisal of the victory stating: “We wanted to progress and I’m really pleased that we have, although the performance itself wasn’t great, but overall the players did enough to get the job done and we look forward to the next round.”
Adam said of the flying start to the game: “I thought we started the game superbly and at a great tempo, scoring two excellent goals within the first 10 minutes. If anything, the game started too easy for us, as when we went 2-0 up I felt we stopped playing forwards, invited pressure, took too many touches and made too many bad decisions both with and without the ball. This invited a willing Knaresborough side back into the game who deserved to reduce our advantage to 2-1. Both teams had chances throughout the remainder of the half but it remained 2-1 at the break.”
He continued: “The second half was again sloppy from our point of view and we had to deal with a number of long balls up towards their big centre forwards and the wind made it difficult for us defensively. However, I felt that we always looked a threat going forwards and although we were wasteful at times when we got in and around the final third, we scored a good third goal to make it 3-1 and then an excellent individual effort by Isaac (Baldwin) sealed the victory for us.”
Looking at the squad rotation used in the game the Celts manager reasoned: “Whilst we wanted to progress, we also rested Graeme (McKibbin), Danny (Ellis) and Ben (Atkinson), managed to get Wally (James Walshaw) off after an hour and Adam (Clayton) shortly afterwards with Saturday’s trip to Lancaster in mind. You want to win these cup games, but you also don’t want to pick up any casualties and it’s pleasing that we’ve come through in good health. It also allowed us to give Kyle (Trennery) ninety minutes in goal, who showed his potential with his distribution in particular, being excellent. I was really pleased to see Luke (Parkin) and Adam Porritt get their first goals for the club and hopefully they will take great confidence from that. However, the cup victory is now behind us and we need to refocus on league duties, with a tough trip to Lancaster City on Saturday ahead of us.”
Updated 13:54 - 15 Oct 2017 by Robert Winterbottom
Picture courtesy of Craig Dinsdale, Knaresborough Town FC