Match report: Farsley Celtic 2-0 Lancaster City
By Paul Hatt
Celts see off Dolly Blues with second-half salvo
It was a windy and chilly evening at the Nest that greeted both players and spectators on Tuesday night. Lancaster came fresh from their first win of the season at Buxton whilst the Celts were looking to build on Saturday’s battling win over Matlock Town.
Both sides took time to settle given the conditions and it wasn’t until the fourteenth minute that a genuine chance was created, when City’s Blinkhorn ran onto a long ball before firing just wide of the near post. Farsley were looking to play their neat passing game to create chances into the box, whilst Lancaster had a shoot-on-sight policy with Russell next trying his luck from distance on nineteen minutes. Russell then combined with Blinkhorn eight minutes later with the former flicking his effort over the bar.
With the wind against them Farsley were struggling to create any real opportunities but a free-kick on twenty-eight minutes gave them hope. Hayhurst’s free-kick was flicked on and Jimmy Spencer had a header that was unfortunately straight at Sims in the City goal. Just two minutes later following a great Celts break, Nathan Cartman crossed for Ben Atkinson who saw his strike deflected for a corner. Indeed, Farsley were finishing the half the stronger and a free-kick four minutes before the break, fell to Jack Higgins, who saw his shot blocked.
Neither side made any changes as they emerged for the second-half, with Farsley now having the advantage of the wind at their backs. Just four minutes into the half, Trenerry played a fine ball forward which allowed Will Hayhurst a shot on goal, with Sims holding cleanly. City though continued to look dangerous on the break and on fifty-eight minutes, Blinkhorn did well to create a shooting chance which fizzed wide of the far post.
Celts manager Adam Lakeland then made an inspired substitution on the hour mark, with loanee George Hornshaw, who had a productive sixty-minutes, making way for Paul Walker. Just four minutes later from a long-throw which was only partially cleared, Walker, with virtually his first touch since coming on, volleyed Farsley ahead. With City clearly rattled, the Celts struck again with their next attack, as from a corner, Jack Higgins scored to double Farsley’s advantage on sixty-five minutes.
With both sides then making substitutions the final twenty minutes became something of a stalemate and it wasn’t until a minute from time that either ‘keeper was really tested. Following a long ball out of defence by the Celts, Jimmy Spencer controlled and fired on goal, with Sims making the save.
At the whistle it was the Celts who had taken the three points and moved into ninth position in the table with a return of sixteen points from eight games.
Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, Lewis Turner, Baldwin, Chris Atkinson, Higgins, Clayton (c), Ben Atkinson, Hornshaw (Walker 60’) Spencer, Cartman (Britton 82’), Hayhurst (Parkin 76’)
Subs not used: Hall, Bett
Lancaster City: Sims, Wills (c) (Gorji 76’), Dugdale, Wilson, Hudson, Steel (Muir 68’), Fensome, Russell, Blinkhorn, Baker, McLean (Kilifin 67’)
Subs not used: Stanley, Williams
Photo coutesy of Matthew Appleby