Farsley beat Northern League outfit Guisborough Town 4-0, a score-line that was possibly a little hard on the Priorymen, who more that played their part in the Cup-tie.
The opening five minutes were end-to-end with Nathan Cartman caught off-side twice and Town having shots from Roberts and Seaton that were wide of the mark. The first real chance though came on seven minutes when a great tackle and surge forward from Chris Atkinson saw Jimmy Spencer fire over the bar when well placed. Three minutes later and the Celts created another good opening with Adam Clayton playing in Spencer, who fired just wide. Town though responded and on thirteen minutes they worked the ball back to Seaton who tried his luck from distance, but which didn’t trouble Kyle Trenerry in goal.
Guisborough were growing into the game, but the Celts were contributing to this with defensive mistakes. First on eighteen minutes, Danny Ellis slipped, allowing Mills to whip in a dangerous cross that thankfully eluded the Town front-line and then Adam Clayton had a pass intercepted, but which Hume could only fire over the bar. Farsley though responded with a couple of corners in quick succession around the mid-point of the half, but without asserting themselves on the home side. They did though fashion a good chance on thirty-six minutes, as good control by Nathan Cartman set up Lewis Turner whose volley flashed just wide.
Just when it looked like the teams would go in level at half-time, the Celts went ahead just three minutes before the break. Guisborough themselves could have taken the lead, but for some great defensive blocks from Danny Ellis and a Jack Higgins goal-line clearance. As Farsley cleared the danger, they broke down the wing and a ball from Nathan Cartman into the box caused confusion between ‘keeper Nixon and his defenders, as Jimmy Spencer followed in, allowing Nathan Turner the opportunity to slot home into an empty goal.
With a one-goal advantage going into the break, the Celts quickly doubled that lead just a minute after the restart. Will Hayhurst fired in a cross which found its way to Nathan Turner who smartly turned it in. Town though responded immediately and on forty-eight minutes, in a goalmouth scramble, Danny Ellis came to the result to clear off the line. The home-side despite being two goals behind, simply kept going and on sixty-one minutes, Roberts forced Kyle Trenerry into a good save, although the ball ricocheted off Adam Clayton who had to then clear as the ball went goal-wards. With substitutions from both sides, just after the hour mark, the game hit a quiet spell and there was little of note until the final ten minutes of the game.
With Town now looking for the first time in the game to be running out of steam, the Celts took advantage. On eighty-three minutes Trenerry’s goal-kick was flicked on, allowing Nathan Cartman to run through and beat the on-rushing Nixon. The striker then pulled it back for substitute Luke Parkin to control and fire in for Farsley’s third of the afternoon. Then four minutes later, Nathan Cartman played in Jimmy Spencer, only for the Town ‘keeper to make the save. Farsley though weren’t to be denied a fourth goal, as in the last minute of normal time, a Spencer knockdown that Guisborough failed to clear, was hammered home by substitute Isaac Baldwin.
Farsley four-goal winners at the end and a place in the Second Qualifying Round secured.
Guisborough Town: Nixon (c), Mills, McAvoy, Bythway, Crust, Seaton (Wilson 69’), Roberts, Robinson (Holdsworth 62’), Hume (Close 62’), McNeill, Ferguson
Subs not used: Snook, Lovatt, Marshall, Bruton
Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, Lewis Tuner, Hayhurst (Baldwin 77’), Higgins, Ellis (c), Clayton, Chris Atkinson (Ben Atkinson 72’), Nathan Turner, Spencer, Cartman, Walker (Parkin 61’)
Subs not used: Watson, Bower (GK), Bett
Updated 13:16 - 13 Sep 2018 by Paul Hatt