Farsley Celtic’s five-game Premier Division unbeaten run came to an end as they were defeated 2-0 by Warrington Town, who were the better of two poor sides.
Farsley boss Adam Lakeland was left frustrated by the defeat. He said: “They were a bit better, bit sharper and bit stronger. The first goal was always going to be important, we didn’t have that extra gear to get back in the game today.”
A defensive mix-up between Lewis Turner and Danny Ellis allowed Warrington to take the lead midway through the first-half, the ball coming to Will Hayhurst whose shot from the edge of the box went straight through Graeme McKibbin.
Jamie McDonald had a couple of opportunities for Warrington just before the break, McDonald dragging just wide after a Will Wells error, before he was then denied by a good McKibbin save.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half the visitors doubled their lead, a good spell of possession seeing the ball come to Sean Williams who picked out the bottom corner with his half-volley.
The Celts finally registered a shot on target in injury time as Luke Pilling saved easily from Lewis Turner, and it was clear a run of five games in 10 days had left Farsley fatigued.
In Division One North, Ossett Albion fought back to defeat Glossop North End 3-2. Courtney Meppen-Walter and Lewis Lacy scored for Glossop either side of Ossett’s Jacob Young, before Adam Priestley struck twice to secure the victory.
Ossett Town were on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat at home to Atherton Collieries. Town twice replied to Adam Farrell strikes through Alex Peterson and Jason Yates, before Ben Hardcastle scored an 87th-minute winner for Atherton.
A Michael Coulson brace and goals from James Walshaw and Jordan Slews saw Scarborough Athletic defeat Brighouse Town 4-0, whilst Ben Jago and Louis Myers helped Radcliffe Borough to a 2-1 victory over Tadcaster, who registered through Cory Roper.
In Division One South, Jacob Hazel hit a brace, including a 90th minute equaliser, as Frickley Athletic drew 2-2 with Basford United, Liam Hearn netting twice for the visitors.
Second-placed Pontefract Collieries lost ground on leaders AFC Mansfield following their 1-0 defeat at Penistone Church on Saturday in the NCE Premier Division.
Jordan Coduri scored the only goal of the game in the 54th minute for the hosts.
Pontefract are now 11 points behind Mansfield, who beat Worksop Town 3-1, but do have six games in hand – one of which takes place tomorrow night against Garforth Town at the Harratt Nissan Stadium.
Eleventh-placed Liversedge were the big winners of the day – they crushed Maltby Main 6-3.
Aaron Fell netted a second-half hat-trick for Liversedge and the other goals came from Cameron Taylor, Rhys Davies and Jordan Windass.
Sixth-placed Hemsworth MW eased to a 2-0 victory over Thackley with Harry Viggars Lloyd Henderson scoring in the second half.
Elsewhere, Garforth Town were defeated 5-0 at Bridlington Town and third-from-bottom Harrogate Railway could only pick up a goalless draw at home to Albion Sports which keeps them in the relegation zone.
Division One leaders Knaresborough Town will have to wait a little bit longer to lift the title following Conor Glavin’s late penalty for Glasshoughton Welfare in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Andrew Horbury gave Welfare a 28th-minute lead only for Town to hit back through Daniel Thirkell and William Lenehan before the late drama.
A hat-trick from Ashley Flynn helped fourth-placed Yorkshire Amateur to a 4-0 victory over FC Bolsover. Harrison Blakey scored the other goal.
AFC Emley drew 2-2 with Rossington Main. Alex Slack and Michael Starkey scored Emley’s goals in the first half.
Nostell Miners Welfare led twice but ultimately went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Brigg Town.
Adam Knight and Jack Owen scored Nostell’s goals in the first half.