Non-league football: Farsley get new lease of life with Trophy tilt

Farsley Celtic manager Neil Parsley.
Farsley Celtic manager Neil Parsley.
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FARSLEY CELTIC breathed new life into a so far disappointing season with Saturday’s 4-0 success at home to Prescot Cables in the FA Trophy preliminary round.

Farsley sit third-bottom in the EvoStik League’s First Division North with just two wins from ten games but eased to victory to book a first qualifying round date with Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

The Celts began brightly and went close to taking an early lead when Robbie O’Brien fed Lewis Nightingale whose effort crashed against the crossbar.

But O’Brien then played a large part in helping Farsley take the lead when his through ball found Paul Walker to make it 1-0. The Celts were then indebted to goalkeeper Tom Taylor for making a fine save from Phil Bannister whose shot around the half hour mark was turned around the post.

At the other end, Prescot custodian Marcus Burgess then denied Nightingale who had been played in by Walker but the visitors had the half’s final real chance when Rob Doran thumped an effort against the crossbar from 30 yards.

Celtic survived to take a 1-0 lead into the interval and finally doubled their advantage when Nightingale found O’Brien who slotted home after 66 minutes.

Farsley’s Leon Osbourne then blazed over when presented with a fine chance to bag his side’s third after which Walker also went close. But Celtic gave themselves clear breathing space at 3-0 when an Aaron Hardy low cross was parried to Walker who netted from close range with 14 minutes to go.

George Lomax hit back by going close for Prescot, forcing a decent save from Taylor, but the hosts had the final say when Leon Osbourne tucked away Walker’s cross with the last action of the game.

Ossett Albion will look to join Farsley in the next round in Tuesday night’s replay at home to Witton Albion on the back of Saturday’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw.

Albion looked to be heading for an early exit after a fourth-minute Daniel Andrews penalty was followed by an eighth-minute Christopher Baker strike to gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.

But Albion’s Robert Bordman netted six minutes before the interval allowing Connor Brunt to level the tie five minutes after the hour.

Ossett Town, though, bowed out after a 2-1 loss at home to Warrington Town who netted after 47 minutes through Ben Deegan and ten minutes later through Alastair Brown. Nathan Curtis’ 70th-minute spot kick then set up a tense finish.

Harrogate Railway are also out after Alex Low’s 75th-minute own goal gave hosts Mossley a 1-0 victory.

Scarborough Athletic were blitzed 4-0 at Kendal Town.


Brendan Daniels fired home a second successive late winner as Harrogate Town moved third in National League North with Saturday’s 1-0 win at third-bottom Gloucester City.

It had looked like both teams would have to settle for a point with the match evenly-poised heading into the final stages. But Daniels’ injury time penalty broke the hosts’ stubborn resistance with Town back in action next Saturday at home to Burscough in the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Daniels has now scored ten goals in all competitions this season and also bagged Town’s late winner against Workington in the FA Cup last week.

Bradford Park Avenue rose a place to 18th on Saturday after Luke Dean’s strike sealed a 1-0 win at home to second-bottom Brackley Town. Avenue are also in FA Cup action next Saturday away at Salford City.

In the National League, Darren Kelly’s first game in charge of second-bottom FC Halifax Town ended with a 7-1 hammering at home to a Cheltenham Town side up to second.

The Shaymen are back in action tomorrow at sixth-bottom Altrincham.

Sixteenth-placed Guiseley, beaten 1-0 at home to Lincoln City in Friday, host 18th-placed Macclesfield tomorrow.


SELBY TOWN stormed into the first round proper of the FA Vase with Saturday’s 3-1 triumph at Westella VIP.

Selby were given the perfect start when Craig Muirhead gave them a first-minute lead which Dane Mortimer added to just ten minutes later.

Alex Wood gave the hosts hope with his strike six minutes after the interval but Will Ramsey made sure of Selby’s progression with his goal 16 minutes from time.

Garforth Town also booked their place in the next round with an impressive 1-0 success at Wickham despite finishing the game with nine men.

Mark Simpson bagged the only goal of the game after just eight minutes but Garforth looked like they might be vulnerable after substitute Josh Moore was red carded after 67 minutes within five minutes of coming on.

Danny Harris then followed Moore into having an early bath but the nine men of Garforth held on for victory.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare also ensured progression with a 1-0 verdict at Bacup Borough.

Jason Yates sealed victory for the Yorkshire-based visitors with his strike 14 minutes from time.

But there was heartache for AFC Emley who were beaten 4-3 in a thriller at home to Congelton Town.

The visitors took a 21st-minute lead through Scott McGowan but Emley blitzed in three goals inside 21 second- half minutes to lead 3-1 as an Ashley Flynn double followed a Michael Tunnacliffe strike.

But Declan Fletcher gave Congleton hope when netting with 15 minutes to go and after McGowan levelled with nine minutes left, Fletcher bagged his second for an 85th-minute winner.

Yorkshire Amateur were sent out after a 3-1 loss at Hebburn Town despite netting through Thomas Rose while Bridlington Town were beaten 3-2 at Sunderland RCA after extra-time.


THACKLEY were undone by an 88th-minute winner in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at home to Cleethorpes Town in the NCE League Premier.

The hosts looked destined for victory when leading 2-0 through Ben Beckles’ first-half brace.

Nostell Miners Welfare bagged a 1-1 draw from their trip to Parkgate who led after 25 minutes through Alex Lill. Lee Turner levelled eight minutes later.

In Division One, Eccleshill United rose to 11th with a 1-0 win at home to Glasshoughton Welfare. Liam Bartle bagged the winning goal 19 minutes from time.

In the Evo-Stik League, Frickley Athletic were defeated 1-0 by Premier Division visitors Salford City whose Jordan Hulme scored after 31 minutes.