Celtic vic­tory is a real state­ment

The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Paul Hat

IN A game in­volv­ing fourth-placed Celts against top of the ta­ble Scar­bor­ough, Fars­ley emerged win­ners to warm the bumper crowd on a cold day at Thros­tle Nest.

Fars­ley started the brighter with Jimmy Spencer hav­ing a cou­ple of half chances in the open­ing ten min­utes, with Boro’s first ef­fort on nine­teen min­utes when Kyle Tren­erry made a fine save from Jamie For­rester’s free-kick.

Boro’s cause wasn’t helped though in the early changes when they had to make a sub­sti­tu­tion af­ter eight min­utes with Dean mak­ing way for Scott.

The Celts first-half pres­sure was re­warded on twenty-three min­utes, when af­ter a Paul Walker cross and a scram­ble in the box, Nathan Cart­man fired home.

More trou­ble fol­lowed for the vis­i­tors when two min­utes later, Boro’ were forced into an­other sub­sti­tu­tion as Bai­ley Gooda made way.

Scar­bor­ough though fin­ished the half stronger and from a good coun­ter­at­tack, Chris Atkin­son was booked for the Celts as he was forced into mak­ing a pro­fes­sional foul.

Into the sec­ond-half and the vis­i­tors lev­elled on 56 min­utes, as Michael Coulson was well placed to plant a header home from a Josh Lacey cross.

The Celts though re­sponded well and were re­warded on sixty-eight min­utes, when Kevin Burgess was ad­judged to have han­dled in the box.

Will Hay­hurst stepped up and sent Tom Tay­lor the wrong way to put Fars­ley 21 ahead.

Fars­ley though weren’t done and con­tin­ued to put the vis­i­tors un­der pres­sure.

On 71 min­utes, Adam Clay­ton who su­perbly mar­shalled the dan­ger­ous James Wal­shaw all day,

showed his at­tack­ing strength when he pro­duced a good save from Tay­lor in the Boro goal.

Clay­ton though wasn’t to be de­nied a goal and from a Hay­hurst cor­ner just two min­utes later he pow­ered home a header to give the Celts a two-goal ad­van­tage.

Fars­ley con­tin­ued to search for goals and Clay­ton nearly got his sec­ond when on 82 min­utes an­other header was tipped over the bar by Tay­lor.

The Celts used up their sub­sti­tutes to see out time and se­cure a well-de­served win.

Celts man­ager Adam Lake­land said fol­low­ing the vic­tory over the league lead­ers: “Once we got our noses back in front we were the bet­ter team and all in all I’m very happy with the three points and re­ally pleased for the play­ers and for the sup­port­ers.” STAR MAN: Adam Clay­ton (Fars­ley) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

PIC­TURE: Chris Hys­lop

CELTIC JOY: The Fars­ley play­ers cel­e­brate their first goal from Nathan Cart­man

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