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Report: Farsley Celtic 1-1 Alfreton Town

Farsley Celtic came from behind to draw 1-1 with Alfreton Town at the Citadel, courtesy of an Adam Clayton header, writes Joe Marriott.

Neither side was able to impose themselves on the game in the first half, with chances at a premium to say the least. The only challenge either ‘keeper faced was the occasional bobbling back-pass, with the game mired in midfield.

It was Farsley who took the first shot of note. Jimmy Spencer, released by Jordan Richards down the right, cut back to Will Hayhurst on the edge of the box whose shot was blocked, causing it to loop just over the bar and onto the roof of the net. Farsley’s wingbacks proved a good outlet, with Richards, in particular, playing a few searching balls forward, troubling the Alfreton defence at times.

Alfreton came closest through Danny Elliott, the striker suddenly springing to life after spending much of the first half nullified thanks to the close attentions of Danny Ellis. Coming in from the left flank Elliott created himself a yard of space with a step-over before lashing high and wide of the near post.

An abject first half made way for an exciting second as both sides stepped up their efforts significantly in search of a goal.

Within three minutes of the restart, Amari Morgan-Johnson was put through for the visitors and fired just past the far post, with Elliott arriving.

Farsley were then almost gifted the opener when Jordan Wright cleared straight into the on-rushing Nathan Cartman. The deflection bounced past the post with the goalkeeper stranded and capped off a spell of Farsley pressure that included a couple of scrambles in the Alfreton penalty area.

The end to end nature of the second half finally told on 61 minutes. Elliott again proving to be Alfreton’s danger man, showing good skill to fashion the chance before drilling his shot in off the near post.

Farsley were not to be deterred however, equalising just two minutes later. Richards combined well with Spencer, the former then whipped in a perfect cross straight on to the head of the arriving Clayton.

The frantic pace of the second half continued after the goals, with chances at both ends. A late injury to Josh Barnes meant a cameo appearance for Mark Bower in goal, the veteran stopper saving the only shot he faced with aplomb, ensuring Farsley a share of the points.

Farsley Celtic: Barnes (Bower 86’), Richards, Hayhurst, Higgins, Ellis, Clayton, B Atkinson, C Atkinson, Cartman, Walton (Syers 78’), Spencer.
Subs not used: Maltby, Regan, Bett.

Alfreton Town: Wright, Clackstone, Wilde, Clarke, Qualter, Smith, Killock (Lynch 40’), Elliott, Branson, Morgan-Smith, Johnson.
Subs not used: Tomlinson, Unwin-Mams, East, Whitman.

Attendance: 457

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