Celtic cruise to victory
By Paul Armstrong
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)