Stalybridge Celtic conceded four for the second time this season against Farsley Celtic, although without recording as many in the goals for column this time, after a defensively na?ve performance.
With a young back five and a daunting week ahead, Celtic were slow to start, giving Farsley a lot of space. There was an early clattering foul on George Sykes-Kenworthy in the Stalybridge goal that left the youngster a bit off his stride, and he was by far the busiest keeper. Sykes-Kenworthy had to tip Paul Walker's driven back corner over the bar, as well as push away the resulting corner. He was beaten by Ben Atkinson, but the Farsley player saw his shot crash back off the bar.
Kyle Trennary wasn't a complete spectator and he had to be on his toes to deny Matt Wolfenden's snap shot. He must have been relieved to see Alex Honeyball's rocket fly over the bar, as Stalybridge got more into the game.
It was somewhat against the run of play that Farsley opened the scoring on the half hour. Luke Parkin knocked and ran, having the speed to get past Honeyball and fire in a near post cross. Nathan Cartman's run wasn't picked up, giving the Farsley striker a simple opening, and though the ball was at an awkward height he knocked it home with Sykes-Kenworthy getting a hand to the ball, but unable to keep it out.
It was a case of giving too much space to Paul Walker for the visitor's second goal. The experienced forward saw the Celtic defence backing off and advanced almost to the edge of the box, at which point he threaded a ball through to Nathan Cartman, firing across Sykes-Kenworthy into the far bottom corner.
The second half started with a third from Farsley, a precisely weighted through ball from Walker allowing Nathan Turner to go one-on-one with Sykes-Kenworthy, the Farsley Celtic man coming out on top, although Jack Taylor nearly got back to clear off the line.
Farsley closed the game out, and Celtic didn't seem to have any way of breaking them down. Luke Ashworth coming closest with a header from a corner that skimmed just over the bar. Farsley would probably have settled for a three-goal cushion, but a dubious offside decision allowed Parkin to race one-on-one straight at Sykes-Kenworthy. At the last minute, Parkin knocked the ball sideways to Nathan Turner, who tapped home. Catman could have had a hat-trick when he got behind the Celtic defence, only to fire across face and narrowly wide of the far post.
Celtic did get a consolation goal, and though it was too little, far too late (the very last kick of the match), it was well worked. Oli Roberts overlapping with Connor Hughes to get the ball to the by-line. The low cross was perfect and youth team striker, Brice Pouamoun met it sweetly to leave Trennary no chance and remove his clean sheet bonus.
|6||Taylor, Jack||> 64|
|7||Brown, Tom||> 68|
|9||Charles, Jake||> 79|
|12||Pouamoun, Brice||< 64|
|14||Ramsden, Josh||< 68|
|16||Fernandes, Elisene||< 79|
|3||Baldwin, Isaac||> 75|
|7||Atlkinson, Ben||> 75|
|9||Walker, Paul||> 83|
|12||Wells, Will||< 75|
|14||Harris, Kurt||< 75|
|16||Bett, Mark||< 83|