Men's First Team
National League North Sat 15 October The Citadel
Farsley Celtic
  • Anson (49')
  • Walton (68')
  • Hmami (77')

Farsley Celtic squandered the chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after being beaten 3-0 by Southport at the Citadel.

The Celt Army started the match brightly and were almost ahead after nine minutes when Jimmy Spencer’s pressing caused serious problems for Cameron Mason who could only claw the forward’s lob effort into the path of Carlton Ubaezuonu, whose follow-up effort was blocked on the line.

Farsley continued to force the issue and Tom Allan came close to nodding the Celts in front when his powerful header from a corner was parried over the bar by Mason to keep the score level.

One minute later, Dave Syers thought he had opened the scoring after converting from inside the 6-yard area after latching onto Frank Mulhern’s knockdown pass, only for the linesman to disallow the goal for an offside in the build-up.

Farsley continued to knock on the Southport door with Luke Parkin next to go close after being played through by Spencer and blazing a shot wide from a tight angle a minute before the whistle blew for halftime.

The second half would prove to be a different story with the roles reversed and the away side starting as the stronger side, and they almost took the lead through Jack Bainbridge whose long-range effort stung the palms of Max Dearnley just two minutes into the second half.

Southport made use of the following corner and opened the scoring after Adam Anson’s acrobatic half-volley found the roof of the Farsley net after the home side failed to clear their lines.

The visitors were always a threat from set-pieces, and midway through the second period Tyler Walton latched onto a Charlie Oliver corner, firing a shot goalward which deflected off Dave Syers and into the Farsley net to make it two.

The deal was sealed with twelve minutes to play after a mix-up at the back between Tom Allan and Dearnley allowed Hmami the golden chance to finish into an empty net and put the result beyond doubt.

Next week, the Celts travel to Gloucestershire to face Gloucester City away at the Tiger Turf Stadium with a 3pm kickoff.