Lakeland: “The spirit, togetherness and character we have shown time and again this season, means we can never be written off.”

Lakeland: “The spirit, togetherness and character we have shown time and again this season, means we can never be written off.”

By Robert Winterbottom
3 January 2018
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Farsley gaffer reviews Festive Fixtures


The Christmas and New Year period is a busy time in the football calendar which this season saw the Celts make away trips to Whitby Town and Rushall Olympic and host Shaw Lane AFC, all in the space of a week. For Farsley it has been a positive run of games with two wins and a draw and manager Adam Lakeland was full of praise for his squad following the three fixtures:

“It’s been a great effort by the players over the busy Christmas period and to pick up seven out of the possible nine points is excellent. We had a long trip to Whitby on Boxing Day and got the job done, and then another long journey on Saturday to Rushall where we collected a credible point followed by the derby at the Nest on New Year’s Day with Shaw Lane, so every credit to the lads.”

Looking at the game in the West Midlands at Rushall Olympic the CeIts boss said: “It was mixed emotions on Saturday really. When you are behind away from home for so long and equalise late on, you have to see it as a good point, which it was, but I felt we were the better team for the majority of the game and deserved all three.

“We started the game well and should have been ahead, and then we go and concede a poor goal from an individual error and Rushall take the lead against the run of play. I’d watched them away at Stafford where they won 4-0 and at Stalybridge where they won 2-1 and they are a team who prefer to defend deep and in numbers and counter attack where they pose a threat, so going ahead gives them the opportunity to play to their strengths. That meant that we had to be disciplined, play with control and be patient which I felt we did in the second half after we re-grouped at half-time, because we did lose our way a little bit after they took the lead and the game was more even in that twenty-five minutes before the break.

“However, second half we were by far the better side and barring three outstanding saves from their ‘keeper we would have won the game comfortably. Credit to the players who adapted to the change of system and tactics in the final twenty minutes, and the substitutes who came on made a real impact which is what you want, so overall it was a decent point and kept our momentum going into the Shaw Lane game.”

Moving onto the New Year’s Day derby against Shaw Lane, the Farsley boss said: “We anticipated a fast start by them for numerous reasons really, it’s a derby, both teams are going well, but more so because they hadn’t played on the Saturday whilst we’d travelled to Rushall. As a result, we did expect a frantic opening 15-20 minutes and I have to be honest and say they completely dominated us in the opening period and deservedly went ahead two-nil. Saying that, for all their dominance, we had a couple of decent chances ourselves before we actually got back into it, so I was always confident that once the game settled down we would create chances against them. We also lost Adam Clayton and had to re-organise at the back, with Kurt (Harris) going in at centre-back alongside Danny (Ellis) and I have to say the pair of them were outstanding, so credit to the players for adjusting and sticking together at that point. At half-time we re-grouped and the message was positive really as I felt we did well after the first fifteen minutes and in all honestly we could have been level at the break.

“One thing I am always guaranteed from my players is 110%. The spirit, togetherness and character we have shown time and again this season, means we can never be written off and I told them that if we could get level, I believed we’d go on and win the game and in the second half we were much better than them - more cohesive, better quality, fitter - and I think we wanted it more than them overall.

“Credit to the forwards Nathan (Cartman) and Dan Cockerline whose finishing was excellent and the pair of them were a threat all afternoon. Credit also to the linesman, who made a great decision for our fourth goal. Dan was in an offside position, but he made no attempt to play the ball and Carts (Nathan Cartman) went through. Sometimes you see officials lose their composure and make quick decisions, but he showed his quality and thankfully that wrapped up what was a thoroughly deserved and big three points for us.”

Finally looking ahead to Saturday and the visit of league leaders Altrincham, the Celts boss said: “I’m incredibly proud of the way the team has played not just on Monday coming back against a good side, but over the past week or so in general and we now look forward to welcoming Altrincham to the Nest at the weekend in what will be a difficult game, but one in which we have no pressure and nothing to lose.”

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