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Report: Brighouse Town 2-2 Farsley Celtic

Farsley Celtic maintained their unbeaten pre-season with a 2-2 draw away to Brighouse Town.

The Celts twice had to fight back from a goal down, with goals from Sam Walker and Adam Clayton securing the draw.

Adam Lakeland was disappointed with his side’s first-half display, as he said: “It was a tough game, I didn’t particularly enjoy the way we played. I thought in the first half we were poor, second half we improved a little bit.

“To be fair to the players, we set up a little bit differently today, we wanted to go with two strikers because we haven’t had a chance to look at it.

“That caused us a few issues, we haven’t done any kind of shape work or patterns on it. It was a little bit off the cuff, and the players had to sort the problems out on the pitch.”

The hosts started the quicker and took the lead early on, Sam Reed swinging in a cross from the left for the diminutive Javelle Clarke who nodded home from close range at the far post.

However, Farsley’s reply was instant. Luke Parkin was bundled over 25-yards from goal, and Sam Walker stepped up to curl the free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner.

In a first-half of few chances, it was the visiting Celts who came closest to heading into the break in front. James Hanson, as he did again and again, won the ball in the air and flicked it onto Luke Parkin, who unleashed a fierce strike from range that cannoned against the upright with the Brighouse ‘keeper beaten.

The woodwork would come to the hosts’ rescue again, twice in a matter of seconds, midway through the second period. Firstly, James Hanson saw his header strike the base of the post, before the ball dropped to Tyler Walton and his venomous strike cracked against the angle of upright and bar.

Brighouse would then capitalise on Farsley’s missed opportunities, retaking the lead with 15 minutes remaining. Clarke and Laurence Sorhaindo led a Brighouse break, with the latter firing low and hard into the bottom corner.

Once again the Celts would respond well to falling behind, and almost levelled after the trialist midfielder played a delightful ball with the outside of his foot through to Mitchell Fox, but his effort was saved by the onrushing ‘keeper.

The equaliser would ultimately come with five minutes to go as Luke Parkin was involved again at a free-kick, this time taking the set-piece and finding Adam Clayton who planted his header into the back of the net.

Farsley Celtic: Trialist A, Richards, Hayhurst (Fox 75), Ellis ©, Syers, Clayton, Walton, Atkinson, Hanson (Waud 71), Walker (Trialist B 71), Parkin. Unused subs: Trenerry (GK), Bett.

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