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Report: Runcorn Town 1-3 Farsley Celtic

Hosts Runcorn frustrate, but Nathan Cartman goals get the job done, writes Rob Winterbottom.

After a hard-fought game at Runcorn Town, Farsley have progressed through to the third qualifying round of the competition with victory at the Viridor Stadium.

It was the hosts that had the better of the opening exchanges with a succession of corners, and it was in the tenth minute that the Celts forced their first chance of the game with a good chance for Dave Syers. Farsley then forced three consecutive corners with 20 minutes played, but ultimately couldn’t take advantage.

With the pressure building, Dave Syers took a shot on 25 minutes which was well saved by the debutant keeper, but Nathan Cartman was on hand to give the Celts a 1-0 lead. For most of the remaining minutes of the half, Celtic continued to dominate and saw chances from Cartman missed and an effort from Dave Syers that rattled the bar.

The hosts were still not out of the game as they piled on some pressure in the closing exchanges, but the score remained 1-0 to the Celts at half-time.

In the second half, Farsley had all the chances in the early exchanges but were left to rue missed chances as Runcorn got an equaliser through Aiden Roxburgh with a well-taken goal.

With the Celts staring at a replay, they continued to knock at the Runcorn goal, and it paid off on 72 minutes when Cartman bagged his second with a tap in at the far post. Kyle Trennery then had to pull off a brilliant save five minutes later to make leave the Celts with a one-goal advantage.

With seven minutes remaining, Tyler Walton put the game beyond doubt with a well-taken goal to give them a 3-1 lead, and a passage into the third Qualifying draw on Monday lunchtime.

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