Farsley Celtic began their preparations for the new season at Throstle Nest with an encouraging 3-0 defeat to League One side Bradford City.
James Hanson netted twice for the Bantams whilst trialist Sanchez Watt, a former Leeds United loanee, got the visitors’ third. City would have taken an 11th-minute lead had Tom Taylor not produced a brilliant save down to his right, up against the quick-strating Hanson. Then on the 18th minute Josh Morris went on a strong run from his own half and after skipping through the challenges almost netted what would have been am impressive solo effort, had it not been for James Riley’s excellent block which sent the shot crashing onto the bar.
But Bradford did break the deadlock a minute later when Morris played a short corner to Filipe Morais who picked out Hanson in the middle and the giant striker headed home.
Farsley’s brightest chance of the game came on 26 minutes when Josh Grant played a dangerous through-ball to Lewis Nightingale but the winger lifted his effort just over the bar.
But the ball was soon played up the other end as Watt picked out target man Hanson in the area who stooped low to immediately make it 2-0. The visitors then snatched a third on 36 minutes. Morais sent in a low cross and a deflection caused Taylor to spill the ball right into the path of former Arsenal trainee Watt who tapped home.
Taylor made up for that error with a third goal-saving block on 40 minutes as he denied Hanson his hat-trick with a low save to push the ball wide.
Luke James had the best chance of the second half for the visitors but openings were few and far between and the match finished 3-0.
The Celts continue their preparations for the season with a friendly at home to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
Tadcaster Albion lost 2-0 at home to FC Halifax Town. Sean Tuton and Danny Hattersley got the Shaymen’s goals either side of half-time