It wasn’t a great start to what was Clayton Donaldson’s first home game in charge of Farsley, with the Celts a goal behind inside four minutes. The ball wasn’t cleared fully and found its way to the edge of the box where it was fired in by a Halifax Trialist, to give the National League side an early lead.

The visitors doubled their advantage on 26 minutes, as Tyler Golden sent in a cross from the right hand side to pick out the un-marked Aaron Cosgrave, who calmly finished past Harry Allen in the Farsley goal.

And the lead was stretched to three in similar fashion on the half-hour mark. Ryan Galvin crossed to Jamie Cooke, who was given too much space and sent the ball in with a diving header.

The Shaymen made it four just before the break as Celts centre-half Rudy Misambo gifted the ball to Cosgreave who fired past Allen to net his second of the half.

Farsley began the second half a little brighter and began to control the game a little, although found it hard to create many clear cut chances in the opening encounters of the second 45.

As the game ticked on, it looked more likely that Fax would add to the lead, with a flurry of chanes in the fourth quarter of the game.

Rob Harker thought he had added a fifth on 71 minutes, only to see his effort ruled out by the offside flag.

The Farsley crossbar was rattled twice in quick succession, firstly from a trialist’s shot from the edge of the box on 81 minutes, then two minutes later as Rob Harker’s effort hit the woodwork after Misambo had again conceded possession.

Angelo Cappello almost added a fifth goal a minute from the final whistle after he’d rounded substitute keeper Sullivan, but a last-ditch block on the line from Jordan Carroll ensured the Farsley goal remained unbreeched in the second half.

Farsley Celtic: Harry Allen, Lewis Turner, George Smith, Jordan Carroll, Connor Branson, Rudy Misambo, Darren Stephenson, Chris Atkinson, Clayton Donaldson, Ben Atkinson, Marley Blair.
Subs used: Liam Sullivan (GK), Jeremy Milambo, Joao Silva, Jayden Major, Nario Baptista, Jacob McLoughlin.