Men's First Team
National League North Sat 28 January Tameside Stadium
Curzon Ashton
  • Hancock (12', 42')
  • Mahon (33')
  • Peers (51', 65')
Farsley Celtic
  • Syers (14')
  • Mulhern (75')

It was a difficult afternoon for Farsley on Saturday, slipping to a 5-2 defeat on the road at Curzon Ashton.

Farsley Manager Russ Wilcox recognised that his side were second-best on the day, as he said: “We certainly are [disappointed], credit to Curzon, the best team on the day won, by far.

“You can’t make basic errors as we have, the fundamentals of football are there, it goes on the board every week.

“I’ll take responsibility as well, I’m the Manager, but that’s our third defeat in nine, so for a team third bottom we’re doing okay.

“I think that’s their second win in nine so they needed that, and deserved it, so no complaints about the scoreline, just disappointed about the goals we conceded.”

After going behind, Wilcox’s side did respond well, drawing level immediately through Dave Syers, before having a strong penalty shout of their own turned down.

“It was a key moment, the penalty shout, for me,” Wilcox continued.

“He wipes Kian out, that’s at one apiece, so for me, that’s a big moment. Whether that would have changed the complex of the game I’m not quite sure because Curzon were the better team, simple as.

“We’ve just come off the back of two really good performances, it’s a little blip, again, credit to Curzon, they moved the ball well, caused us problems, their shape caused us problems, they won more first contact, more second balls, and they were just the better team on the day.”

But there were still positives to take from the game, as the Farsley boss continued: “I thought Frank did well, I thought some of our attacking play was good, we’ve scored two goals away from home.

“I thought without the ball today we were very passive, there was no intensity, no aggression in our play today, they won too many duels, which cost us the game.

“We just go again, we’ve spoken before when we’ve had little blips about our reaction as a group, we react as always, I’ve got a fantastic group in there.”