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Report: Hyde United 0-0 Farsley Celtic

Farsley Celtic were held to a goalless draw by Hyde United in another tough test ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The closest either team came to scoring was when Hyde’s Jack Sherratt miscued from close range in the second half, but in truth, both goalkeepers had little to do throughout the game.

The opening moments of the game saw much of the action contained to the middle third of the pitch as both sides fought for control of the game, and it took until the 14th minute for the first real effort at goal.

That came from the visiting Celt Army, as Jordan Richards crossed from the right for Ben Atkinson, but the midfielder headed wide.

Richards was arguably the most creative player on the pitch, and it was from his delivery that Danny Ellis was the next to come close.

Farsley took a quick corner and Richards picked out Danny Ellis at the far post, but he was unable to guide his header on target.

The hosts, who get their league campaign underway next week, grew into the game as the half progressed and came close to taking the lead on the brink of half-time.

Jack Dyche slipped Tom Pratt through on goal and just as it seemed he had a clear sight of goal, Jordan Richards flew in to make a vital block and deny the Hyde skipper.

The Tigers picked up from where they left off after the interval with the ex-Celt Dyche coming close from 10-yards out, forcing a smart save from Steven Drench low down.

The biggest chance for the hosts came on the hour mark; Drench parried Bradley Roscoe’s cross only as far as Sherratt who was waiting at the far post, but when it looked easier to score he managed to scuff his effort the wrong side of the upright.

From that moment on it was Farsley who grew stronger and looked the most likely to snatch a winner.

With 15 minutes remaining, Dave Syers was inches away from giving his side the advantage as he got in behind the hosts’ defence, before dragging his effort across goal and wide.

Hyde were then almost caught out at the back by a long clearance from Steven Drench that was brought down by Luke Parkin, however his lobbed effort hit the roof of the net.

Ultimately, neither side had that killer instinct in front of goal on the day, however, a first clean sheet of pre-season will please Farsley as the new season grows ever closer.

Adam Lakeland’s side will now have a week off, before returning to pre-season action a week on Tuesday.

Farsley Celtic: Drench, Richards, Trialist A (Trialist B 46), Byrom (Maltby 70), Ellis © (Clayton 46), Allan, B. Atkinson (Syers 46), Hayhurst, Spencer, Charles, Walton (Parkin 46). Unused sub: Kelly.

Attendance: 215

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