Early missed chances cost the Reds
By Paul Armstrong
There is a strong belief that supporters will back you if effort and commitment is given to the cause ...
... and this patched-up Reds side ticked all the relevant boxes on that score.
And the sparse crowd, the lowest for a league game at Borough Park for five years, certainly appreciated the contribution made by those in a red shirt.
Considering there were three, possibly four, walking wounded and the rest simply running on empty, this was a good effort against the Yorkshire outfit. Celtic had to dig deep to secure the points and were quite happy to disrupt play at any opportunity and waste as much time as possible.
I think it is called game management these days but, whatever, it was effective and Adam Lakeland, one of the League’s bright young managerial talents, saw his team take another big step towards play-off qualification whilst Reds continue to drift towards a mid-table finish.
Kick-off was delayed due to Farsley’s late arrival and Reds tried to unsettle them before they acclimatised.
Indeed, the best two chances of the game came early, both falling to Steven Rigg. His first effort was kept out by Kyle Trennery’s legs with the ‘keeper making an even better stop to thwart Rigg a second time soon after.
It took a while for the visitors to settle but they remained resilient during Reds’ decent start. And a goal after nine minutes helped them get a foothold in the game.
Nathan Turner’s low shot from fifteen yards didn’t seem to have much power behind it but its accuracy found a way past Aaran Taylor to open the scoring in the ninth minute.
Reds responded well and although they had a good slice of the possession they didn’t really create anything clear-cut.
The game followed a similar pattern until Celtic doubled their lead after seventy six minutes. This time Nathan Turner got beyond Reds’ midfield and headed home from twelve yards with the ball finding the net via an upright.
To their credit, Reds battled on gamely and a good, accurate finish from Dav Symington suggested a grand stand finish similar to the Throsle Nest encounter was on the cards.
But it didn’t materialise and Celtic comfortably survived the last few minutes, plus the five extras, to consolidate fifth spot.
“I cannot fault the lads for their effort throughout the game but, ultimately, the missed chances in the first five or ten minutes have probably cost us. We could have been two nil up before they got their goal,” was Lee Andrews post match comment, adding, “It’s about personal pride now with the play-offs beyond us.”
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Wright (Holt, 65), Symington, Wilson, Allison, Rigg, Tinnion. Substitutes – Joel, Brown, Whitehead, Mossop (not used).
Farsley Celtic Trennery, Turner L, Baldwin (Harris, 70), Atkinson C, Ellis, Clayton, Atkinson B, Turner N, Walker (Murray, 80), Cartman (Wells, 85), Parkin. Substitutes – McKibbin, Boyd (not used).
Referee Nat Cox, Blackpool