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Report: Farsley Celtic 2-1 Bradford Park Avenue

Farsley Celtic returned to pre-season action last night with a 2-1 victory over fellow National League North side Bradford Park Avenue.

What this game will be in preparation for, no one quite knows at the moment, but it was a 90th-minute penalty from Luke Parkin that decided this behind closed doors friendly.

The visitors, who were bottom of the table when the 2019/20 season was brought to a premature conclusion, started on the front foot and had a pair of chances 18 minutes in.

The first chance came as Isaac Marriott crossed for Nicky Clee, who dragged his strike wide from inside the box. Less than 30 seconds later the visitors’ trialist had got in behind the Farsley defence, and it took a superb one-on-one save from Steven Drench to keep the scores level.

However, it was Farsley who took the lead courtesy of Adam Clayton, the centre-half producing a superb header as he guided Joel Byrom’s corner inside the far post.

From that moment on in the first-half it was Farsley who controlled the game, and but for a superb save from Dan Atkinson Jimmy Spencer would have made it 2-0 with a curling effort from 25-yards out.

Adam Lakeland’s side came close again on the stroke of half-time, Joe West bombing forward from left-back and playing a sweet one-two with Spencer before seeing his low strike cleared off the line.

The second half started quietly as both sides made a number of changes, and it took until midway through the period for the first real chance as Avenue substitute Tabish Hussain had an effort blocked.

The visitors did draw level as the game headed into the final minutes, when Brad Dockerty’s strike from distance took a significant deflection to take it past Drench.

Just as it looked as though the game was headed towards a draw, Tyler Walton made a terrific surging run from the halfway line and was finally brought to a halt in the box courtesy of a mistimed challenge from Mark Ross.

Luke Parkin stepped up and converted from 12-yards out, sending Atkinson the wrong way and securing a win for the Celt Army.

Farsley Celtic: Drench, Richards (B. Atkinson 62), West, Allan, Ellis ©, Clayton, Byrom (Richards 81), C. Atkinson (Walton 62), Spencer (Charles 81), Charles (Parkin 62), Hayhurst (Syers 62). Unused sub: Kelly.

Clayton ’29; Parkin ‘90
Dockerty ‘83

Photo: John McEvoy

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