Farsley Celtic battle to 0-0 draw at Brackley

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Ben and Chris Atkinson. Photos: John McEvoy

By John Baron

Farsley Celtic battled their way to a creditable 0-0 draw against playoff chasers Brackley Town in a game of few chances.

The Celts were looking to bounce back after a shock 4-1 home defeat against Rushall Olympic on Tuesday – and put in a fighting and determined performance which saw them come away with a point.

The Celts made several changes from the Rushall debacle, with the experienced Rudy Misambo and Tom Allan returning to the backline, with Ryan Watson coming into midfield for his first start of 2024 and Ben Atkinson playing at right wing back. Sam Leverett, Harvey Rowe and David Adewolu dropped to the bench.

The hosts started brightly and could have taken the lead in the opening minute, Connor Hall heading wide from Danny Newton’s cross. The hosts carved out a couple of opportunities before it was the Celts’ turn to go close.  Ryan Watson floated a cross towards the back post and Michael Coulson narrowly failed to hit the target.

On the half-hour mark a mix-up at the back for Brackley allowed Clayton Donaldson through, but Tyler Lyttle produced a lunging challenge to avert a certain goal.

The Celts will have been happy to go in 0-0 at half time after a solid display.

Farsley’s best chance of the second half came after Watson – who was impressive on his return to the side – hit one on the volley from the edge of the box, but it was an easy save for Danny Lewis.

Ten minutes later and it was a strong save from Leban which kept the core goalless, as he dived down to his right to deny Newton’s header.

The home side put The Celts under pressure towards the end of the game, but the away side held firm for an important point on the road.

The game was notable for notable achievements by the Atkinson brothers. Skipper Chris played his club record-equalling 310th appearance, and brother Ben made his 200th for the club.

Next week The Celts entertain Alfreton at The Citadel, kick off 3pm.

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