Report: Farsley Celtic 0-2 Ossett Albion
The first ever meeting between the clubs saw the newly merged Ossett United win 2-0 at the Nest.
With the summer’s recent heatwave seemingly coming to an end, the opening exchanges of the game took place in very wet and windy conditions. United settled the better of the teams and nearly went ahead as early as the fifth minute, when from the first corner of the game, ex-Celt Adam Priestley’s header was cleared off the line. When the ball was played back in, Shiraz Khan went down as Farsley ‘keeper Ed Hall sheperded the ball out of play, however, the referee waived away United claims for a penalty.
With thunder overhead, Farsley had their first real opportunity of the game on eighteen minutes when from a good position, Will Hayhurst curled a free-kick wide. Three minutes later the Celts had an even better opportunity to score, Trialist (9) did some great work out wide and cut the ball back for captain Paul Walker, whose shot was superbly pushed onto the bar by United ‘keeper Overton. With the game heading to the half-hour mark, Farsley continued to probe and Isaac Baldwin had a great run and shot which went narrowly wide. The Celts then had another good opportunity on thirty-six minutes as they were awarded a free-kick following a foul on Walker. Hayhurst stepped up, but his effort curled just wide of the left-hand post.
Having had a good spell, Farsley then went behind eight minutes before the break. The Celts didn’t clear their lines from an Ossett attack and the ball fell to Khan on the edge of the box, who curled delightfully into the top corner. The goal sparked a positive end to the first period for the visitors and they could have doubled their lead on forty-three minutes. Priestley found himself through on goal, but Ed Hall made a fine one-handed save down to his left to ensure that United only went in with a one goal advantage at the interval.
The wind and rain abated as the teams emerged for the second-half, with Ossett making the better of the opening minutes. From an inswinging corner three minutes into the second-half, Hall had to claw the ball out, with United claiming it had crossed the line. Then just four minutes later from a free-kick, ex-Farsley player James Knowles had a flicked header that went just wide. Opportunities for the Celts were proving difficult, but Trialist (7) provided some positive runs in the opening ten minutes of the second half.
Ossett though continued to be dangerous and had two good chances in quick secession. On fifty-five minutes, Farsley gave the ball away and from a cut-back, Priestley blasted high and wide. Just a minute later the ex-Gibraltar international had another chance, this time his header was on target, but it was palmed away by Celts ‘keeper Hall. Farsley than had a great chance to level matters on fifty-eight minutes as a fierce drive from Baldwin was blocked by Overton, the rebound dropped to Hayhurst, but he fired wide.
The visitors made the home side rue that miss, as George Grayson twisted and turned inside the Celts box, before firing across Hall into the corner for United’s second goal on fifty-nine minutes. As the game entered the last twenty minutes both sides made a number of changes with chances at a real premium. The best of these came in the closing ten minutes of the encounter. First, on eighty-two minutes from a Celts corner, Nathan Cartman was just unable to turn and squeeze in his effort at the near post, before Ossett really should have had a third just two minutes later. Substitutes Hardaker and Edwards combined well, with the later missing from just six yards out.
That was the last significant action of the game and at the whistle it was the visitors who had won the game with two well taken goals.
Following the game Celts manager Adam Lakeland said: “Whilst we don’t like to lose games, we’ve come up against an Ossett side that, barring Tom Corner, was probably at full strength, whilst our side was dominated by trialists.
“Having said that there were plenty of positives from the game. Callum Hill who is only 17 and playing in the Yorkshire League last season, has played in both full-back positions and coped really well against an experienced winger like Aiden Chippendale. Ed Hall in goal was solid in the eighty minutes he played, making a good save in the first-hall, and was excellent in his distribution. Also, at the back, Nathan and Lewis Turner did a good job as a makeshift centre-back pairing. It’s also given us a chance to look at a few new lads and has provided game time for everybody.”
Looking ahead to the midweek game at Thackley, the Farsley gaffer added: “We will still be without a number of players due to injury on Tuesday night, but hope to welcome back Ben and Chris Atkinson and like the Ossett game will provide us with another opportunity to look at a number of Trialists.
“We’ve four games left on pre-season and we will work to ensure that they are used to prepare us and be match ready for our opening day league game at Warrington Town”
Farsley Celtic: 1. Hall (80’ - Bower), 2. Hill, 3. Baldwin (65’ – 9. Trialist), 4. Trialist, 5. Lewis Turner, 6. Nathan Turner, 7. Trialist (65’ – 14. Trialist), 8. Walker (c), 9. Trialist (46’ - 12. Trialist) 10. Cartman, 11. Hayhurst
Sub not used: 15. Bett
Ossett United: 1. Overton, 2. Porritt, 3. Grayson, 4. Wilkinson, 5. Knowles, 6. Fielding, 7. Priestley (73’ – 12. Boshell), 8. Cory (63’ – 14. Yates) Stockdill, 10. Khan (73’ – 15. Hardaker), 11. Chppendale (73’ – 16. Edwards)
Sub not used: GK. Souter