Men's First Team
National League North Tue 14 February Flamingo Land Stadium
Scarborough Athletic
  • McGuckin (58')
Farsley Celtic
  • Allan (13')
  • Parkin (37')

Farsley Celtic capped a remarkable week on the road with an outstanding 2-1 win against high-flying Scarborough Athletic at the Flamingo Land Stadium.

Prior to last Tuesday, the Celts had picked up just one win away from the Citadel since October 8, and had lost every game outside of Yorkshire since the same date.

However, the last seven days have seen a transformed Farsley side pick up a valuable point at AFC Telford United, before defeating Hungerford Town and now Scarborough Athletic.

It was a first-half double that saw Russ Wilcox’s side defeat their Yorkshire rivals, with goals from Tom Allan and Luke Parkin enough for all three points, despite the hosts’ second-half response.

The opening 15 minutes saw a thick fog descend on Scarborough, but emerging from the gloom was a Farsley side taking the game to their opponents, fashioning a number of early opportunities.

Bobby Johnson saw his long-range strike parried to safety by Joe Cracknell, Harry Jessop saw his effort blocked behind by Kieran Weledji, and Chris Atkinson dragged just wide from the edge of the box.

The Celts wouldn’t relent, and found the opener 13 minutes in when Bobby Johnson’s sweetly-struck volley was diverted into the top corner by the head of Tom Allan.

After taking the lead it continued to be Farsley dictating the play, Johnson coming close once again as he pounced on the ball in midfield and burst through the Seadogs’ defence, only to bend his strike wide.

Shortly after the half-hour mark the second goal would arrive, Carlton Ubaezuonu doing well initially on the right, before Luke Parkin picked up the ball on the left-edge of the box, cut in, and curled a superb strike into the bottom corner.

Jonathan Greening’s side, sitting fifth in the division, seemed to have frozen in the face of their opponents’ intensity, and the game could have been over before the break.

Harry Jessop nipped in to win the ball on the edge of the box, but Cracknell produced a stunning finger-tip save to turn the Farsley man’s strike over.

Scarborough made a triple change at the interval, but it was Cracknell who had to be at his best as Farsley continued to pepper the hosts’ goal.

Within five minutes of the restart Cracknell made another terrific finger-tip save, to deny Andy Butler, and then had to fly across his goal to deny a 35-yard piledriver from Tom Allan.

The promotion-chasing side would finally come to life, and halved the deficit through Ciaran McGuckin as his strike from a tight angle deflected past Max Dearnley into the far corner.

McGuckin had a golden opportunity to level within 60 seconds as the ball broke for him in the box, but he lacked composure as he blasted his effort onto the roof of the neighbouring swimming pool.

With a little over 10 minutes remaining Dearnley had to be at his best to thwart Michael Coulson, making a strong save to turn a powerful strike from the Scarborough skipper over the crossbar.

Lewis Maloney would come close at the death, but his curling effort did too much as it flew just wide of the far upright, with Farsley holding on for an outstanding three points to move out of the drop zone.

Scarborough Athletic: Cracknell, Weledji (Jackson 46), Qualter, Gooda, Burton, Maloney, Wiles (Watson 46), Colville, McGuckin, Coulson ©, Charles (Glynn 46). Subs not used: Heslop, Greenfield.

Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Turner, Butroid (Clayton 85), Johnson, Butler ©, Allan, Scales, Atkinson, Ubaezuonu (Devine 74), Jessop, Parkin (Wallace 90+1). Subs not used: Assenso, Morgan (GK).

Attendance: 1,238