Report: Farsley Celtic 1-0 Rushall Olympic
By Rob Winterbottom
Farsley kicked-off the Bank Holiday weekend with a 1-0 home victory over Rushall Olympic which sees the Celts unbeaten after five league fixtures and sitting in second place in the EVO-STIK Premier Division standings.
Following the win secured by a James Walshaw penalty, the Celts boss said: “Saturday was the first of two games in quick succession and I decided to utilise the squad against Rushall to ensure we had that freshness in both fixtures. To come through the first game with three points is great and we now have another very tough game away at Shaw Lane on Monday, who themselves have picked up in the past 7-10 days and therefore we anticipate a difficult match, with the added spice of it being a Yorkshire derby.”
Looking more specifically at the game against Rushall, Adam added, “We expected yet another tricky encounter and knew that they posed a threat on the break as well as good presence from set plays. We set out to try to dominate the ball, which I felt we did in the first half, but it was difficult to break them down as they sat deep and whenever we turned possession over they were dangerous on the counter attack. Whilst we enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half, we weren’t as fluent as I would like us to be and felt we were wasteful at times which in turn gave Rushall more opportunities to break.
“Getting our noses in-front helped us in the sense that they had to come out a bit second half and we knew the longer the game stayed 1-0, the more chances they would take to get a result which would give us more opportunities ourselves. It also meant that we could defend a bit deeper and restrict their threat from counter attacks, which gave them more possession but in areas where they couldn’t hurt us. I felt they used the ball in the first two thirds of the pitch better than anyone else we have played yet, but my players were organised and disciplined in their shape and restricted them to very few opportunities. Graeme (McKibbin) had to make a great one-on-one save in the first half and they had a free header from a free-kick late on which went over, but other than that I don’t really think they created much.”
Whilst the Celts manager was happy with the single goal victory, he believed that the final result could have been more comfortable, saying: “We had a fifteen minute spell second half where we had a few good opportunities to seal the victory, the biggest of all being the second penalty. I was disappointed that the referee blew up so quickly as Nathan (Cartman) scored literally a second after the initial foul, so to then lose the goal and miss the penalty could have cost us, but luckily it didn’t today. To be fair to the referee he apologised straight after the game for blowing too quickly, so credit to him for that.”
Finally Adam said: “Overall it’s another big three points for us and a second successive clean sheet is fantastic. We have worked very hard on our defensive shape and being organised without the ball and the players are getting their rewards for the work they have put in. To still be unbeaten is great and we want to keep the run going for as long as possible.”