By John Baron
Farsley Celtic earned a massive three points as they defeated fellow relegation strugglers Buxton at The Citadel.
First half goals from Kian Scales and Jimmy Spencer gave The Celts a much-deserved 2-1 win which moved the home side to within two points of safety, with two games in hand over the visitors.
In truth, Farsley should have been out of site before half time.
Frank Mulhern twice missed while through one-on-one with the Buxton keeper and Dave Syers headed a good chance wide from a set piece – before Kian Scales struck through a stunning counter attack.
Scales led the lightning breakaway from a Buxton corner, exchanging passes with Mulhern to fire the home side ahead on 34 minutes. It was a stunning move from the home side, who would see the lead doubled eight minutes later.
Jimmy Spencer got on the end of man of the match Lewis Butroid’s corner at the near post, and deftly glanced his header inside the far post.
The second half was a more even affair. The Celts almost made it three on 54 minutes when Isaac Assenso’s header from eight yards out took a deflection from a Buxton defender onto the crossbar and over.
The visitors then rattled the bar at the other end from a cross-shot from the left and pulled a goal back soon after when Sam Osborne poked home from close range.
Buxton almost snatched an equaliser after 72 minutes, with Osborne bursting into the box, but Farsley keeper Max Dearnley saved with his feet at his near post.
Despite late pressure, Dearnley wasn’t seriously tested again and the home side held on for a deserved three points in their fight against relegation. Saturday sees them travel to 18th placed Curzon Ashton in another crucial game.
Boss Russ Wilcox, celebrating his 50th game as Celts manager, said he was pleased with the win, given the home side had given away two-goal leads before this season.