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Hereford vs Farsley Celtic

  • 14 August 2021


Farsley Celtic kicked off the new season in style with a 1-0 win away at Hereford.

The return of supporters to football at this level saw over 2000 pack into Edgar Street, with the majority going home disappointed after Luke Parkin’s second-half free-kick proved to be the difference.

Farsley were forced to battle with their backs against the wall in the closing moments after Dave Syers received his marching orders, but battle they did to ensure the new season got off to a perfect start.

Adam Lakeland was proud of his side’s effort to earn the three points, saying: “I’m absolutely delighted, I thought the players put such a shift in.

“We’ve said through the week, we will get better as the season goes on, we might not be amazing today with the ball, and like probably all teams we’re trying to get up to speed.

“But what we can do is defend well, and try and keep clean sheets, and if we do that I’m always confident we can pinch goals. Thankfully that’s what we managed to do today, and it’s a very, very good start for us.”

The Celts were a threat from set-pieces throughout the game, and it was from a Farsley free-kick where the first opportunity of the game came. Will Hayhurst’s low effort was parried by Brandon Hall before the Hereford defence scrambled the ball to safety.

The hosts then moved onto the front foot and fashioned a couple of successive openings. First, Joey Butlin broke in behind the Farsley defence only to drag wide across the goal, before Tom Owen-Evans produced a fine save from Tom Donaghy.

As the half drew to an end Jimmy Spencer came close for the Celts, latching onto a James Hanson flick on and unleashing a powerful half-volley that was blocked behind as the Hereford defence threw bodies in the way.

Farsley then gained control of the game in the early knockings of the second half, and were able to make that control count just after the hour mark. Miles Storey brought down Will Hayhurst on the left-hand side, a few yards from the penalty area, and Luke Parkin stepped up to whip the free-kick over everyone and into the top corner.

The Bulls were handed a route back into the game with 15 minutes remaining when Ryan McLean went down under a challenge from Adam Barton, and referee Daniel Locker pointed to the spot.

However, Donaghy in the Farsley goal was equal to the task, correctly diving to his left to deny Butlin.

The Celts were then dealt a blow as they were forced to see out the closing minutes with 10 men following Dave Syers’ dismissal for a challenge on Maziar Kouhyar.

And as the game headed into injury time Farsley suffered one final scare when Kouhyar cut in from the right and unleashed a left-footed effort from the edge of the box that seemed destined for the bottom corner, only to flash inches wide of the upright.

Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Hancox, Haines, McLean, Butlin (Klukowski 84), Owen-Evans (Kouhyar 66), Storey, Lloyd, Pollock, Vincent. Unused subs: Forsyth, Liburd-Hines, Whittingham.

Farsley Celtic: Donaghy, Syers, Barton, Byrom, Hayhurst, McKenna, Atkinson, Walton, Hanson, Spencer (Ellis 86), Parkin (Longbottom 82). Unused subs: Richards, Walker, Fialdini.

Attendance: 2,108


Date Time League Season Full Time
14 August 2021 3:00 pm National League North 2021/22 90'


Edgar Street, Herford, HR4 9JU


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Farsley Celtic011Win

Farsley Celtic

24Louis Fialdini Midfield
2Jordan Richards Defender
3Will Hayhurst Midfield
5Danny Ellis 9 Defender
7David Syers Midfield
8Chris Atkinson Midfield
9James Spencer 5 Forward
10Ben McKenna Midfield
11Luke Parkin 12 Midfield
14Tyler Walton Forward
15Joel Byrom Defender
16Mark Bett Forward
17James Hanson Forward
18Sam Walker Midfield
19Adam Barton Defender
21Tom Donaghy Goalkeeper
12Will Longbottom 11 Midfield
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KO 82 86 FT