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Report: Hyde United 1-2 Farsley Celtic

Farsley are back on the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a hard-earned 2-1 win at Hyde United, writes Mark Rawlinson.

Nathan Cartman had given the Celts a first half lead but Dean Smalley’s brilliant finish mid-way through the second half put the game in the balance.

But Farsley increased the pressure in the closing stages and were rewarded as Adam Clayton fired home the winner with six minutes to go.

The Celts were dealt an early blow as Dave Syers had to withdraw from the starting line-up after pulling up with a muscle strain in the warm-up. Luke Parkin was his replacement.

In challenging hail-shower conditions, there were few chances in the first half, with Ben Atkinson’s eighth minute effort the highlight of the opening encounters.

The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes as Will Hayhurst swung in a pin-point cross from the left wing, which Cartman headed superbly into the bottom corner.

Adam O’Reilly almost put Hyde on level terms on 54 minutes but his header was cleared off the line by Adam Clayton.

The Celts thought they had bagged a second on 62 minutes as Jimmy Spencer had turned the ball home after Peter Crook had made a great save to deny Cartman, but the follow-up was offside.

But less than 60 seconds later, the hosts had netted the equaliser at the other end. The ball was played into the box and brought down by Smalley, who with his back to goal, managed to swivel and fire the ball past Kyle Trenerry brilliantly.

As the game ticked on, Farsley looked the more likely to net the winner and on 79 minutes, Cartman fed the ball to strike-partner Spencer but he fired over from a narrow angle.

Then on 83 minutes, Hyde shot-stopper made a superb reaction save to deny Spencer from just a couple of yards out.

But the Celts netted a deserved winner from the resultant corner as Cartman flicked the ball onto Clayton who picked out the bottom corner with a brilliant strike.

The hosts’ quest for a point took another hit on 88 minutes, as former Farsley man Ross Daly received his marching orders as he picked up his second yellow card for a miss-timed tackle.

Hyde had one last chance to snatch a point, but debutant Kwame Boateng produced a vital clearing header as Farsley saw out the final seconds of stoppage time.

Hyde United: Crook, Smalley, Hinds, Daly, McCombe, Fagbola, James (O’Connor 78), Lipka, Smally, O’Reilly (Platt 58), Lane (Olarewaju 25).

Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, B Atkinson, Hayhurst, Higgins, Ellis, Clayton, Parkin (Baldwin 70), C Atkinson, Spencer, Cartman (Boateng 90+3), Walker.
Subs not used: Bower, Mitchell.

Referee: Jon Kenny
Attendance: 393

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