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Farsley Celtic
P Walker (7'), J Spencer (40')
Full time
Tue 5 Mar 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 173

Celtic cruise to victory


An unusually downbeat Lee Andrews questioned his players’ attitude after this tame surrender in West Yorkshire.

“Maybe one or two of the lads don’t realise we are in a relegation battle because the first half performance was totally unacceptable. We were outworked and bullied by a team and need more from certain individuals."

“There’s personal pride at stake as well and some of the players need to have a look at them-selves and realise that performance simply wasn’t good enough.”

Asked if he thought there was an improvement in the second half a dejected Andrews concluded, “There was a slight reaction but if I’m being brutally honest I question if we were any better or if they just took the foot off the gas.”

It was an honest assessment from the manager and the team owe him a ‘performance’, preferably five or six if they are to win the number of games Reds need to avoid the relegation trap door.

On the evidence of this showing, that is not going to happen.

Team selection had to be amended due to the late arrival of Niall Cowperthwaite and Jason Walker with the Barrow duo, travelling by car, replaced in the starting XI by Dean Brotherston and Dav Symington.

These things happen in non-league football but that little hiccup didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. If anything, the two ‘replacements’ impressed in the early stages of the game.

Symington did well down the right and his cross, dummied by Garry Thompson, was met by Brotherston only for the well-struck shot to rebound off the foot of Kyle Trenerry’s left-hand post.

And Brotherston again went close with Reds’ only other serious attempt at goal. This time Conor Tinnion was the provider with his in-swinging cross from the right finding the young Scot whose goal-bound header was pushed away by the agile Trenerry.

In between those efforts at goal, Farsley had taken a seventh-minute lead but Reds have to look at some shoddy defending in the build-up. Dave Syers was allowed time and space to send over a low cross to the far post, leaving the unmarked Paul Walker to guide the ball into the net from close range.

The decider, and it’s debatable whether Celtic actually needed a second goal to secure the points, came five minutes before the interval. Ben Atkinson dinked the ball over Reds’ static midfield and defence, James Spencer controlled the ball on his chest then deftly lifted it over the advancing Aaran Taylor and into the net.

The second half was a non event, and played without any passion or commitment in a stadium devoid of atmosphere. Was this really an important game with promotion/relegation matters at stake?

Celtic didn’t need to move out second of gear and gladly let Reds have possession knowing their powder-puff attack lacked any sort of conviction to trigger a fight back.

Spencer blazed one good opportunity over the bar and, late in the game, Walker and Isaac Baldwin could have added to the Cumbrians’ embarrassment had they shown a little more composure with efforts in quick succession.

And Josh Calvert headed wide via Cowperthwaite’s last minute free-kick as Celtic obtained probably their easiest three points of the season and a league double in the process.

Farsley Celtic Trenerry, Atkinson B, Hayhurst, Higgins, Ellis, Clayton, Syers (Mitchell, 90), Atkinson C, Spencer (Baldwin, 86), Cartman (Parkin, 90), Walker. Substitutes – Bower, Bett (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree (Harker, 80), Calvert, Smith, Carroll, Maguire (Cowperthwaite, 60), Symington, Brotherston (Walker, 68), Thompson, Tinnion. Substitute – Casson (not used).

Referee Joseph Goodwin

Bookings: Spencer, Cartman (Farsley Celtic), Carroll (Workington)

Attendance 173

David Symington

Player of the Match

David Symington

Key moments

Goal Paul Walker scores for Farsley Celtic
Goal Jimmy Spencer scores for Farsley Celtic


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
David Symington is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Sub On
Asa Mitchell is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
90:00 Sub Off
Dave Syers is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
90:00 Sub On
Luke Parkin is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
90:00 Sub Off
Nathan Cartman is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
86:00 Sub On
Isaac Baldwin is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
86:00 Sub Off
Jimmy Spencer is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
80:00 Sub On
Cameron Harker is substituted on for Workington
80:00 Sub Off
Gari Rowntree is substituted off for Workington
68:00 Sub On
Jason Walker is substituted on for Workington
68:00 Sub Off
Dean Brotherston is substituted off for Workington
68:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Cartman is yellow carded for Farsley Celtic
65:00 Yellow Card
Jimmy Spencer is yellow carded for Farsley Celtic
60:00 Sub On
Niall Cowperthwaite is substituted on for Workington
60:00 Sub Off
Kieran Maguire is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jimmy Spencer scores for Farsley Celtic
21:00 Yellow Card
Brad Carroll is yellow carded for Workington
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Paul Walker scores for Farsley Celtic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Farsley Celtic
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Paul Walker Goal 7:00'
  • Brad Carroll Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Jimmy Spencer Goal 40:00'
  • Niall Cowperthwaite Sub On 60:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jimmy Spencer Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jason Walker Sub On 68:00'
  • Dean Brotherston Sub Off 68:00'
  • Nathan Cartman Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Cameron Harker Sub On 80:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Sub Off 80:00'
  • Isaac Baldwin Sub On 86:00'
  • Jimmy Spencer Sub Off 86:00'
  • Asa Mitchell Sub On 90:00'
  • Dave Syers Sub Off 90:00'
  • Luke Parkin Sub On 90:00'
  • Nathan Cartman Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Farsley Celtic
  • 1. Kyle Trenerry
  • 2. Ben Atkinson
  • 3. Will Hayhurst
  • 4. Jack Higgins
  • 5. Danny Ellis
  • 6. Adam Clayton
  • 7. Dave Syers
  • 8. Chris Atkinson
  • 9. Jimmy Spencer
  • 10. Nathan Cartman
  • 11. Paul Walker
  • 12. Luke Parkin
  • 13. Mark Bower
  • 14. Isaac Baldwin
  • 15. Asa Mitchell
  • 16. Mark Bett

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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