Report: Farsley Celtic 3-1 Scarborough Athletic
Farsley Celtic picked up their first win of pre-season with a 3-1 victory over Scarborough Athletic.
It was a pre-season game that certainly did not lack intensity, and was certainly not ‘friendly’, despite the behind closed doors nature of the fixture.
A Jimmy Spencer double and a further strike from Ben Atkinson proved to be enough for Farsley, despite initially being pegged back in the 70th minute.
Adam Lakeland was pleased with what he saw from his side, as he said: “It was positive, I thought we played very, very well in spells, scored some good goals, created some good opportunities, and probably the most pleasing aspect was our fitness levels.
“We’re playing a team that I think will do quite well next season in the division below, and that was their fifth game whilst this was our second, and I thought physically, in the first half, we were superior.”
Farsley started on the front foot against their opponents from the Northern Premier League and were rewarded with less than five minutes on the clock.
Jimmy Spencer made an intelligent run towards the front post and was able to guide Jordan Richards’ corner past Lloyd Allinson in the Scarborough goal.
The visitors did have opportunities to draw level in the opening quarter of an hour as Nathan Cartman was denied by a superb last-ditched tackle by Tom Allan, before Harry Coates was unable to keep a free header on target.
However, Scarborough were fortunate to remain only a goal behind in the first half, as Jake Charles twice saw headers cleared off the line after Luke Parkin hung a superb cross up to the back post, but with Allinson beaten the Seadogs managed to deny Charles.
Clear-cut opportunities became few and far between in the closing moments of the first half and opening moments of the second half, but it was Scarborough who struck next.
With 20 minutes remaining, Michael Coulson’s cross from the left was misdirected by Dylan Cogill past Farsley goalkeeper Sam Kelly at his near post.
Before the visitors could build any momentum from that moment, Farsley had retaken the lead through a slick passing move that culminated in Tyler Walton crossing for Ben Atkinson who slotted home from close range.
From that moment on the Celt Army always looked the most likely to score with Ben Atkinson coming close, as well as creating an opportunity for Spencer who volleyed over.
And it was Spencer who did get his side’s third and his second, curling home a superb strike from the edge of the box, after seeing his initial effort blocked, to secure the pre-season win against our Yorkshire rivals.
Farsley Celtic: Drench (Kelly 61), Richards, Cogill, C. Atkinson (B. Atkinson 46), Ellis © (Gagen 61), Allan, Walton (Hughes 46), Hayhurst (Maltby 61), Spencer, Charles (Hayhurst 71), Parkin (Walton 61).
Spencer ‘5, ’89; B. Atkinson ‘73
Cogill (OG) ‘70
Photo: John McEvoy