Men's First Team
National League North Sat 1 April The Citadel
Farsley Celtic
  • Own Goal (')
  • Pearce (4')

Farsley Celtic suffered a first defeat at home in 130 days as Kidderminster Harriers ran out 1-0 winners at the Citadel.

A goal inside four minutes from Krystian Pearce was enough for the visitors to end a run of 10 games without a win, and leave the Celts just above the drop zone.

It was a cagey game on a tricky surface with neither side creating many clear-cut chances, and Pearce’s early effort would be the decisive moment in the game.

It was the worst possible start for Farsley, who fell behind early on for the second-straight game. Joe Leesley delivered an excellent corner from the left, which was headed home by Krystian Pearce to put Kidderminster ahead.

It was shortly after that the first chance would fall to the home side after Andy Butler’s knockdown fell to Adam Clayton, but his effort flew over the bar.

The Celts would come close again before the break when a Danny Devine strike from range took a wicked deflection to leave Harriers’ goalkeeper Christian Dibble scrambling, but he did just enough to push the ball to safety.

After the break, the visitors would set out to frustrate Farsley in their quest for a leveller, with clear-cut chances hard to find in a stop-start half.

Frank Mulhern would come closest to finding a leveller, as his free-kick from 25 yards out cannoned against the inside of the upright and to safety.

At the other end, Kidderminster always remained a threat from Joe Leesley’s set-piece deliveries, and he created a chance for Kyle Morrison at the back post who nodded just wide of the upright.

In the final 20 minutes, Farsley began to step up the pressure on the Harriers’ back line.

A flick-on from Mulhern in the box fell to Theo Williams in the box, but his volley was high over the bar, and moments later the ball dropped to Mulhern, whose strike was well blocked.

With the Celts pushing for the equaliser, there would always be a threat of the visitors striking on the counter, and Ashley Hemmings almost did so, denied by an excellent stop from Max Dearnley.

There would be a few nervy moments for Kidderminster in added time, Sam Muggleton’s long throw-in particular causing problems in the box, but they would hang on for all three points.

Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Scales, Butroid, Devine, Butler ©, Clayton (Turner 82), Allan, Atkinson (Muggleton 90), Ubaezuonu (Syers 69), Mulhern, Williams. Subs not used: Jessop, Morgan.

Kidderminster Harriers: Dibble, Penny, Richards, Pearce, Morgan-Smith (Brown 90), Hemmings, Foulkes, Morrison, Lissimore, Bryne ©, Leesley. Subs not used: Palmer, Leak, Bearne, Hall.

Attendance: 395