Farsley Celtic secured a massive three points on the road at Gloucester City today as the Celts responded to their midweek loss at Blyth in the perfect way.
Despite playing in over 30 degree heat on the hottest day of 2023 as well as a long coach trip down to Gloucester, Farsley showed plenty of resilience and determination to leave the TigerTurf Stadium with all three points as well as a clean sheet.
The first opening ten minutes saw both sides willing to attack from the off as Jordan Carroll saw his shot from the edge of the box blocked before Gloucester’s Danny Wright almost nudged the home side in front when he found space in the box before firing wide of the near post.
The Celts then went close through Ben Atkinson after the ball opened up for him inside the area before the midfielder struck wide of the mark on the volley. Atkinson then went close again just a few moments later after directing a header wide after meeting a deep cross from Tom Allan.
The game then seemed to quieten down with neither goalkeeper being tested until the half-hour mark when the deadlock was broken. George Smith received the ball on the left-wing before driving through and smashing a cross/shot goalward which rebounded off of the post and onto the back of Gloucester goalkeeper before dribbling over the line and into the net.
Gloucester immediately set about trying to find an equaliser and they almost had one five minutes before the break when Harry Pinchard’s cross met the head of Wright who could only direct the ball wide of the far post.
Wright would continue to be involved throughout the match and after the break he thought he had levelled the score after winning a header at a corner which, through a combination of the post and Rudy Misambo was somehow kept out of the goal.
The Tigers would continue to bang on the door but the Farsley defence continued to stand firm with Michael Acquah rarely being tested in the dying embers of the game as the Celts went on to grind out an impressive 1-0 win to respond to their midweek struggle away at Blyth Spartans.
The result sees Clayton Donaldson’s side rise up to 13th in the table with Farsley now having won three of their opening five away matches in the National League North.
Up next, it’s a break from league action for all teams in the division as the focus turns towards the FA Cup in which Farsley will host Scarborough Athletic at The Citadel on Saturday 16 September in the Second Qualifying Round of the competition.
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Gloucester City: Jeacock, Ram, Reckford, McDonald, Dawkins, Pinchard, Hanks, Richard-Everton, Parker, Smalley (Williams 46), Wright (Freemantle 67). Subs not used: Armstrong, Richards, Emmett.
Farsley Celtic: Acquah, Carroll (Watson 83), Sheridan, Misambo, Allan, Smith, Branson, C Atkinson, B Atkinson (Leverett 85), Stephenson (Donaldson 75), Forshaw. Subs not used: Robinson, Silva.