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Report: Farsley Celtic 2-0 Curzon Ashton

By James O’Reilly.

Farsley Celtic returned to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 victory over Curzon Ashton at the Citadel.
It took until the second half for Farsley to be rewarded for their efforts, but goals from the returning Jimmy Spencer, and James Hanson, saw the hosts come away with a deserved three points.
Farsley entered the game without a win since the opening day, and the intensity with which they started the game showed they were well aware of the importance of a return to form.
Jimmy Spencer saw himself earn a couple of chances within the first ten minutes of the tie, the second of which he dragged just wide after turning superbly in the box.
Whilst the Celts were the dominant side for the opening portion of the match, the Nash would gradually grow into the game.
Their first real chance came after some brilliant work from Alex Curran, who then found striker Jack McKay, however, the former Leeds United man saw his shot blocked by Adam Clayton.
The visitors’ best chance to open the scoring came just two minutes later, as defender Harry Flowers found himself free in the box, but he could only direct his header over the bar.
From that moment on, it always looked like being Farsley who would strike first.
Just before the half-hour mark Curzon ‘keeper Chris Renshaw had to be at his best to keep his side level, tipping a thunderous volley from James Hanson onto the crossbar, before the rebound then fell to Jimmy Spencer, who too saw his acrobatic overhead kick well saved by Renshaw.
Spencer was a constant menace for the Curzon defence throughout the game, and came close once again as he created room to shoot on the edge of the box and drew a good save from Renshaw. James Hanson was also proving a clear threat to the Ashton defence, his aerial prowess and link-up play with Spencer being continuous causes of worry for the visitors.
The sides went into the break in a stalemate, but about five minutes into the second-half, Farsley were rewarded for their efforts.
It was Spencer who got the goal his performance warranted, rising highest in the box to nod home Luke Parkin’s cross from six-yards out.
Shortly after the hour mark Farsley doubled their advantage, Will Hayhurst delivering from the left for Hanson who stooped to head home his third goal of the season.

That goal seemed to really take the sting out of the visitors’ performance, who failed to trouble Harry Wright in the Farsley goal in the remaining 25 minutes, as the Celts earned a vitally important three points.

Farsley Celtic: Wright, Richards, Hayhurst, Clayton, Syers (c), Blythe, Turner, Atkinson, Parkin (Walton 81), Spencer (Loughlan 90), Hanson. Unused subs: Fialdini, Westcarr (GK), Kherbouche.

Curzon Ashton: Renshaw, Challoner (Knowles 72), Porcha, Flowers, Wilson, Dunn (Hobson 64), Thomas, Witham, Mahon (Lussey 64), Curran, McKay. Unused subs: Daly, Waters.

Attendance: 444

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