CLAYTON TOPPLES SEADOGS
Celtic victory is a real statement
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: ★★★★★
CELTIC JOY: The Farsley players celebrate their first goal from Nathan Cartman