Men's First Team
Friendly Sat 29 July Nethermoor Park
Farsley Celtic

Farsley concluded their run of pre-season games by playing out a 1-1 draw against local rivals
Guiseley at Nethermoor Park.

The Celts managed to take the lead midway through the first half but were pegged back by their
rivals ten minutes or so into the second half.

Another competitive game with some encouraging signs allows new player/manager Clayton
Donaldson to perhaps think of who will start that all important first league game against Rushall
Olympic in one week.

The hosts would’ve taken an early lead inside the first two minutes if not for some brilliant
defending from Tom Allan. Pratt raced through on goal for Guiseley and managed to poke the ball around the on-rushing Harry Allen in the Farsley goal.

Just as he was getting ready to roll the ball into an empty goal from the edge of the box, Tom Allan managed to get himself round to clear the danger.

Pratt found himself through on goal again after twenty minutes but was still unable to break the
deadlock after some superb goalkeeping from Harry Allen. Allen was quick off his line as he managed
to make himself big enough to stop the shot rolling passed him and finding a home in the bottom

After this chance, Farsley began to grow into the game winning multiple freekicks in dangerous
areas. Ryan Watson put a previous freekick straight into the wall earlier in the half, but certainly made no
mistakes when he stepped up to try his luck again midway through the first half.

Despite the acute angle on the left-hand side of the box, Watson managed to curl his shot with
venom into the top right corner as the ball rattled off the right post on its way in.

The Celts carried this momentum into the second half where they began to show signs of
threatening the Guiseley goal again.

Rudy Misambo rose the highest at the back post from a corner but was unable to keep his header
down before Ben Atkinson managed to get the ball out of his feet well but his strike from distance
went over the bar.

Ten minutes or so into the second half, Marley Blair went on a mazy run as he cut inside from the
left flank and managed to get a shot away from the edge of the box, but it didn’t trouble the

Guiseley immediately went up the other end of the pitch and found an equaliser when Kallan
Murphy’s shot found the bottom right-hand corner.

Guiseley had two chances to nick the game in the last five minutes. First it was Valsau, who found
himself with time and space just inside the box after the ball was cut back to him, but he snatched at
the chance and blazed his strike over.

A Guiseley trialist also tried his luck from around twenty or so yards but his left footed attempt only
managed to clip the outside of the left post.

Up next for the Celts is Rushall Olympic on the opening day of the 2023/24 National League North season on Saturday 5 August.