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A tale of two misses as Farsley Celtic continue unbeaten run at Kettering

By Thomas Ritchie

Farsley Celtic made it six games without defeat as they picked up another point on the road, drawing 0-0 with Kettering Town.

The Celts had picked up just one point away from home in eight attempts between October and January, but have now picked up five points in their last three, whilst also defeating Hungerford Town in the FA Trophy.

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In truth, it was a game in which neither side did enough to warrant all three points, with neither goalkeeper forced to make a save throughout the 90 minutes.

Neither side fashioned an opening inside the opening half-hour on a tricky surface at Latimer Park but, as the first half drew to a close, it was Farsley who came on the stronger.

Carlton Ubaezuonu found space on the edge of the box and saw a strike deflected over, Luke Parkin drove a strike across goal and just wide, before Harrison Foulkes had to be alert to claim Kian Scales’ low, driven cross at the near post.

As the second half began it was the Celts who were once again threatening, Andy Butler nodding across goal for Ubaezuonu, whose effort was deflected just wide of the near post.

Kettering then fashioned an opportunity of their own at the end after good work from Decarrey Sheriff down the right, but Tyrone Lewthwaite’s flick was blocked in the box before Farsley cleared.

As the game entered the final quarter of an hour, both sides would be presented with the chance to snatch all three points.

The first fell Farsley’s way as Harrison Foulkes fumbled a deep cross, but Carlton Ubaezuonu somehow failed to keep his footing as he stretched for the ball, unable to fully connect with the goal gaping and the hosts scrambled to safety.

Then, with almost the final kick of the game, the Poppies were left wondering how they hadn’t scored. A free-kick from the right dropped to George Forsyth at the back post and, with the goal seemingly at his mercy, he prodded wide.

Ultimately, Russ Wilcox’s side will be pleased with a point and back-to-back clean sheets, moving alongside four other sides on 33 points around the drop zone.

Match reaction

Celts boss Russ Wilcox praised this side’s determination and resilience as they added another point at the start of a run of three tough away fixtures in a week.

Line ups

Kettering Town: Foulkes, Maguire (Ward 78), Gascoigne, Bennett (Knowles 66), Stohrer, Sharpe, Cooper, Myles, Forsyth, Sheriff, Lewthwaite. Subs not used: Mason (GK), Flanagan, Hill.

Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Scales, Butroid, Devine, Butler ©, Allan, Clayton, Atkinson, Ubaezuonu, Jessop (Wallace 55), Parkin. Subs not used: Turner, Assenso, Ingham, Morgan (GK).

Attendance: 525.

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