Report: Farsley Celtic 3-3 Warrington Town
By Thomas Ritchie
Farsley Celtic extended their unbeaten league run to 14 games following a 3-3 draw with Warrington Town.
The visitors fought back from 3-1 down as a late brace from Josh Amis crushed Farsley’s hopes of an important victory, but a point apiece was a fair reflection of the action.
Farsley Celtic Manager Adam Lakeland said: “It was a bit of a barmy game today. I thought both teams were poor in the first-half, but I was disappointed with the penalty decision, Clayts (Adam Clayton) got enough on the ball.
“In the second-half we were much better, but going 3-1 up probably flattered us. The thing that has ultimately decided the game is the depth of the squads, they were able to bring on Josh Amis and Dylan Vassallo, quality players, whilst we’ve been the walking wounded.”
Both teams seemed to recognise the importance of the game in the early stages, with both sides appearing to play within themselves.
However, the visitors were gifted a chance to take the lead on the half-hour mark as Tony Gray went down under a challenge from Adam Clayton on the edge of the box.
Bohan Dixon sent Farsley ‘keeper Kyle Trenerry the wrong way as he rolled home his spot-kick to put Warrington in front.
That goal seemed to wake Farsley up, and they created their first real chance of the game as Dave Syers glanced Isaac Baldwin’s cross just wide.
On the stroke of half-time the Celts did level, although not after some controversy, as Warrington goalkeeper Tony McMillan appeared to push Jack Higgins in the face, as Higgins obstructed the former’s placement of his wall.
However, all of that was forgotten as Paul Walker curled home a terrific strike off the upright for just his third goal of the season.
The second-half began in a more open fashion, and after Dave Syers forced an excellent save from McMillan, he rose highest to powerfully head home the resulting corner.
Farsley then doubled their advantage in comical fashion, as Nathan Cartman was unable to control Lewis Turner’s cross, and Mark Roberts somehow scooped the ball into his own goal.
Paul Carden then threw on Josh Amis and Dylan Vassallo, and his side were back in the game within three minutes as Amis headed home Evan Gumbs’ cross.
The Celts came agonisingly close to doubling their lead once more, as Jack Higgins knocked Nathan Cartman’s cross down to Clayton who turned the ball inches wide.
And with three minutes of normal time remaining, it was Amis who outjumped Trenerry to head home and equalise for the visitors.
There was still time for the visitor to almost steal all three points, as Jack Higgins made a terrific block from Tony Gray’s strike, before Josh Amis raced through on goal and dragged wide when he should have done better.
Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, L. Turner, Baldwin, C. Atkinson, Higgins, Clayton ©, B. Atkinson, Syers, Walker, Cartman, Parkin. Unused subs: Ellis, Bower (GK), Cham, Bett, Hill.
Warrington Town: McMillan, Duggan (Reid 66), Whittle, Gumbs, Roberts ©, Raven, Evans, Garrity, Gray, McCarthy (Amis 70), Dixon (Vassallo 70). Unused subs: Beeley, Carden.
MOTM: Josh Amis