Men's First Team
Friendly Tue 9 July Servo Group Stadium
Eccleshill United
Farsley Celtic
  • Watson (50')
  • Fox (83')
  • Priestley-Standing (90')

Farsley Celtic put in yet another solid 90 minutes in pre-season as the Celts ran out 3-0 winners over Eccleshill United

The Celts made it two out of two for pre-season so far, adding to their impressive 6-1 victory over Dearne & District at the weekend as three second half goals from Ryan Watson, Robbie Fox and Thomas Priestley-Standing capped off a fine display from Clayton Donaldson’s side.

Farsley started off on the front foot with new signings Alex Kiwomya, Bailey Sloane, Sam Fielding all looking particularly impressive, as well as forward Dylan Youmbi who after five minutes showed his pace and strength to charge inside from the right before playing Donaldson through; his cross narrowly missing Kiwomya.

Watson was involved often throughout the match, starting both the first and second half, and gave Eccleshill a sign of what was to come 20 minutes as he lashed a strike just wide of the post.

Kiwomya also looked sharp and he came closest to breaking the deadlock so far on the half-hour mark when his volley into the ground was well saved by the home side stopper.

Two minutes later and perhaps the best chance of the half fell to manager Donaldson when he showed great skill to cut in inside the area, however the ball bobbled before his shot and the ball was skied over the bar.

After plenty of changes at the break the Celts continued to apply the pressure and five minutes in Watson finally struck. Receiving the ball on the edge of the area before firing an arrow of a strike into the bottom  left corner to put Farsley one-up.

Joao Silva was one of those to be introduced at the halfway point, and the young talent produced an encouraging half, with his ambitious curler forcing a strong save, before Sam Leverett’s rebound was also denied by the Eccleshill goalkeeper.

Robbie Fox, signed from Albion Sports last month, also showed his strength and skill during the second half and was rewarded for his persistence when on the 80-minute mark his curling finish found a way through to double Farsley’s lead.

The Celts fielded three trialists during the match, and the goalkeeper trialist made his mark three minutes from time, getting down to his right superbly to save a penalty given after a trip in the box.

A good performance was then capped off when Thomas Priestley-Standing fired home from inside the area moments before the final whistle.

It’s another 90 minutes in the tank for Farsley as well as another encouraging performance from this new-look squad, and the Celts will look to continue that this weekend when they make the trip to Northern Premier League side Bridlington Town.