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Report: Farsley Celtic 0-0 FC Halifax Town

Farsley remained unbeaten in their pre-season campaign, with their Tuesday night bout against the visiting Halifax Town ending in a 0-0 draw, writes James O’Reilly.

Each side had their chances, but the game was a cagey affair overall with most of the game battles being fought in the midfield.

The Celts came close to opening the scoring within the first 60 seconds, with Luke Parkin beating his man in the Shaymen’s box. Unfortunately for the number 11, his shot dragged just wide of the post.

The game remained in Farsley’s control for the opening ten minutes, but Halifax would grow into the game. Dom Tear glanced a header just over the bar for the visitors in the tenth minute, as Town looked to gain a foothold in the game.

The best chance of the first half for the visitors came midway through the period when Kieran Green received the ball just outside the box, unleashing a shot that forced a smart save from Celtic’s trialist goalkeeper.

Though they lost their initial hold over the match, Farsley would battle back against Halifax as the first half progressed. Just after the half-hour mark, the Celts would see what was their best effort of the half strike the post. A Will Hayhurst free-kick near the halfway line was swung in towards Dave Syers, whose header agonizingly bounced off the upright and to safety.

Within a minute Ben McKenna was the next to put pressure on the Halifax goals, his effort at the back post being saved at point-blank range.

A number of changes by both sides disrupted the flow of the game after the break, but the visitors would come close to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark. A long throw was flicked on to a trialist six yards from goal, but his free header missed the target.

Farsley then had an excellent opportunity of their own after Will Hayhurst pressured the Halifax defence into a mistake. Hayhurst won the ball at the byline and teed up Luke Parkin who sliced his effort across goal and wide.

The final chance, both for Halifax and of the game, came as the game entered the final 15 minutes. A trialist broke through the Farsley defence, but Kyle Trenerry produced an excellent save to protect his side’s clean sheet.

The Celts will regroup and go again on Saturday when they travel to Lancashire to face Colne FC.

Farsley Celtic: Trialist A (Trenerry 46), Richards, Hayhurst, Barton, Syers (Fialdini 71), Byrom (Trialist B 60), Atkinson (Fox 74), Walker (Walton 60), Hanson (Ellis 46), McKenna, Parkin (Broe 74).

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