Report: Eccleshill United 0-5 Farsley Celtic
By Thomas Ritchie
Farsley Celtic’s preparations for the new campaign got off to a perfect start with a dominant 5-0 victory over Eccleshill United.
New signings Elliott Wynne, Jordan Richards and Tyler Walton all started for Adam Lakeland’s side, but it was Nathan Cartman who starred, bagging a hat-trick.
Farsley started on the front foot and after coming close on a couple of occasions, the deadlock was broken just six minutes in through Nathan Cartman as he bundled home Jimmy Spencer’s cross from close range.
Midway through the first-half it was almost two, Adam Clayton meeting Luke Parkin’s corner before seeing his powerful header blocked on the line.
Elliott Wynne was rarely troubled in the Farsley goal in the first-half, and the Celt Army’s dominance yielded a second shortly before the interval, Jack Higgins finding Cartman who cleverly chipped the ball over Eccleshill’s trialist goalkeeper.
The second-half started as the first ended with Nathan Cartman rounding the ‘keeper and rolling the ball into the empty goal for his hat-trick.
Minutes later Farsley’s lead was extended further, Isaac Baldwin making an excellent run down the left, with the ball coming to Ben Atkinson who saw his drive deflected off Spencer and into the goal.
Cartman could have had his fourth before the hour mark, Kwame Boateng whipping in a terrific cross, but the Farsley forward could only turn the ball wide.
The fifth goal arrived with 20 minutes remaining, Paul Walker being clattered in the air in the penalty box by Chris Lever, with Ben Atkinson slamming the spot-kick home.
Luke Parkin found himself in dangerous positions on a number of occasions late on but failed to convert, twice having an effort from the edge of the box deflected wide.
However, it was ultimately a comfortable victory for the Celt Army to kickstart pre-season, with Elliott Wynne and Kyle Trenerry both left with little to do in the Farsley goal.
Farsley Celtic: Wynne (Trenerry 46), Richards (Boateng 46), Hayhurst (Baldwin 46), Higgins, Ellis © (Richards 69), Clayton, Walton (B. Atkinson 46), C. Atkinson (Walton 69), Spencer (Hayhurst 69), Cartman (Parkin 69), Parkin (Walker 46).
Eccleshill United: Trialist, Stor, Trialist, Cooper, Trialist, Woodward, Thompson, Trialist, Brown, Irving, Trialist. Subs: Lever, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Flaherty, Grech-Brooksbank, Trialist.