Atkin­son red proves costly...

The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Thomas Ritchie

FARSLEY Celtic climbed to the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Divi­sion ta­ble af­ter shar­ing the points with Gran­tham Town.

Jimmy Spencer’s sev­enth minute goal put the Celts on course but af­ter a sec­ond half red card to Farsley’s Ben Atkin­son, Char­lie Ward man­aged to net an 84th minute lev­eller for the Ginger­breads.

On his re­turn af­ter miss­ing the last three games through sus­pen­sion, Spencer got Farsley off to the per­fect start.

Char­lie Ward sent an un­der-hit back-pass to goal­keeper Jor­dan Wright and the for­mer Mansfield Town front man nipped in to put Celtic ahead.

Farsley had fur­ther chances to ex­tend their lead be­fore the break, with Dave Sy­ers firstly forc­ing a good save from Nathan Cart­man’s cross be­fore Sy­ers then picked out Ben Atkin­son, who fired just wide be­fore the break.

Sy­ers then had an­other good chance early in the sec­ond half, but his low shot clipped the bot­tom of the post be­fore Spencer headed the fol­low­ing cross just wide.

The game’s turn­ing point came on 75 min­utes when Atkin­son re­acted to Tom Ward’s poor chal­lenge and was sent off by ref­eree David Jones. Ward was cau­tioned for the dan­ger­ous foul.

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