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Report: Golcar United 2-3 Farsley Celtic

Farsley recorded their second win of the pre-season campaign thanks to a 3-2 win at Golcar United on Tuesday night.

Goals from Tyler Walton, Jimmy Spencer and Jake Charles overturned a 1-0 deficit as the Celt Army continued an unbeaten start in preparation for the 2020/21 Vanarama National League North season.

Farsley boss Adam Lakeland was pleased with the showing from his side, saying: “I’d say it was probably our best game so far. I thought Golcar were excellent in the first 20 minutes and played at a good pace and tempo – really high energy.

“I was disappointed with how we dealt with that but then we showed a better willingness to get on the ball and the game settled down as their energy levels declined a bit. From there we were able to get some possession and control and we played some pretty good football then.”

As the manager commented, it was the hosts who were quickest out of the traps. They netted the games’ opening goal after just seven minutes as Buddy Cox was gifted the ball and the forward clinically took his chance with a low finish past Steven Drench.

After Spencer and Walton had both come close to levelling, the latter did restore parity on 27 minutes. The midfielder whipped in a dangerous cross-cum-shot which caught Golcar goalkeeper Adam Lawlor off guard, as it dropped in below the crossbar for 1-1.

The Celts were beginning to show their four-division advantage as they began to take a grip on the game and hit the front on 36 minutes. Luke Parkin swung in an inviting deep cross from the right wing finding Spencer, who showed his class with a well taken strike.

Two became three just before the hour mark when the Golcar goalkeeper made an error which left his goal unguarded. It gave Jake Charles the chance to net his first Farsley goal, which he duly did with a well taken lob from just outside the box.

The Huddersfield side set up for an entertaining finish as they reduced the gap back to just one goal with 12 minutes left on the clock. Lee Bradshaw broke through the Farsley back line and fired past sub goalkeeper Sam Kelly.

But it was the Celts who looked more likely to score in the closing stages, with first Tom Allan seeing a goal ruled out for offside, before the hosts’ goalkeeper pulled off an impressive save to deny Jordan Richards’ effort from the edge of the box.

Farsley Celtic: Drench, Richards, Allan, Maltby, Ellis, Clayton, Syers, B Atkinson, Spencer, Parkin, Walton.
Subs used: Charles, Kelly, Gogill, Gagen.

Goals: 
Cox 7, Bradshaw 78’
Spencer 27’, Spencer 36’, Charles 59’.

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