Report: AFC Telford United 4-3 Farsley Celtic
By Thomas Ritchie
Farsley Celtic’s FA Trophy run came to an end as they were defeated 4-3 by National League North side AFC Telford United.
Farsley created the better chances throughout the game and put in a spirited display, but Jack Dyche’s late brace and a strike from Nathan Cartman didn’t prove to be enough for the Celts.
A proud Adam Lakeland commented, “I felt we were the better team, I really did. I’m disappointed with the goals conceded, although it’s always difficult to come from behind against teams that have pace on the break.
“I’m so proud of how we played, to say that they’re in the playoffs in the league above, having only lost one home game, I felt we made an unbelievable account of ourselves.”
It was the Celts who started the brighter and created an early chance as Nathan Cartman and Ben Atkinson linked up, with the latter dragging his effort wide across goal.
Kyle Trenerry was then forced into action for the first time as he got down well to deny Stephan Morley’s strike, with Daniel Udoh unable to bundle the rebound home.
Farsley continued to dominate the proceedings, with Baldwin forcing a save from Andy Wycherley, and minutes later Danny Ellis fired wide following a scramble in the box.
Just after the half-hour mark it was the hosts who took the lead against the run of play, as Daniel Udoh was able to bundle home Morley’s free-kick.
Trenerry made a brace of saves to keep Farsley in the game, as Telford grew in confidence, firstly pushing away Henry Cowans’ free-kick and then saving from Andre Brown.
Nathan Cartman came close to equalising for Farsley as half-time drew closer, latching onto Luke Parkin’s ball, Wycherley making the save.
Four minutes into first-half injury time Farsley deservedly levelled, as a scramble in the box led to Nathan Cartman turning the ball goalward, with the assistant referee adjudging the ball to have crossed the line.
The hosts regained their advantage just before the hour mark, as Ryan Barnett’s drive from distance left Trenerry rooted to the spot and nestled in the bottom corner.
The National League North side thought they had wrapped up the tie with 15 minutes remaining, as Jon Royle ran onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and picked out the bottom corner.
Farsley responded immediately to get back in the game, Jack Dyche heading home Lewis Turner’s cross at the near post just three minutes after entering the fray.
However, the Bucks were able to move two goals clear once again with less than 10 minutes remaining, as Henry Cowans lashed home from close range.
Matthew Barnes-Homer didn’t know how he hadn’t scored Telford’s fifth, as he turned the ball onto the crossbar from less than six yards out.
Farsley were handed a lifeline with two minutes remaining, as Jack Dyche was able to loop his header over Wycherley for his second goal of the game.
There was one final chance for the Celts to snatch a replay, as Jimmy Spencer managed to squeeze a shot goalward but just over the crossbar, with AFC Telford United able to hang on for the victory.
AFC Telford United: Wycherley, White, Morley, Deeney, Sutton ©, Streete, Cowans, McQuilkin (Royle 69), Brown (Morgan-Smith 65), Udoh (Barnes-Homer 82), Barnett. Unused subs: Knights, Daniels.
Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, L. Turner, Baldwin (Bett 90+2), Higgins, Ellis ©, Clayton, B. Atkinson (Dyche 73), C. Atkinson, Spencer, Cartman, Parkin (Walker 60). Unused subs: Bower (GK), Hayhurst.
MOTM: Nathan Cartman