Farsley Celtic slip to another heavy home defeat

Farsley Celtic's Luke Parkin in action against Hereford at the Citadel. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Words: Thomas Ritchie

Photos: Simon Cullingworth

Farsley suffered another disappointing defeat as they slumped to a 4-0 loss at home to Hereford.

The scoreline probably flattered the visitors, who certainly didn’t dominate the game for large periods, but they were clinical on the break as three late goals secured the victory.

Farsley Celtic slipped to a second successive home win – a fortnight after losing 6-0 at home to Darlington. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Neil Ross’ men started the contest brightly, and had a number of half-chances in the opening stages. Jerome Greaves had an effort blocked, whilst Luke Parkin saw a low strike from a tight angle saved by Brandon Hall.

Kyle Trenerry was then called into action to deny Ryan McLean, making a smart save from the wide-man’s strike.

New loan signing Ethen Vaughan from Burley in action for the Celts. Photo: Simon Cullinmgworth

But on the half-hour mark, McLean got the better of Trenerry, finding the bottom corner at the near post with a low effort from the edge of the box.

The Celts’ best opportunity to draw level came on the stroke of half-time, as Luke Parkin’s corner reached Adam Clayton at the back post, but with the goal gaping, he couldn’t set his feet to turn home.

Farsley saw most of the ball after the break, but were unable to trouble Hall in the Bulls’ goal, and the first real effort either side had in the second-half saw the visitors double their lead.

Parkin fires in a shot against Hereford. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

With 15 minutes remaining, Hereford struck on the counter, with Tom Owen-Evans superbly controlling the ball in the box and finishing sweetly off the inside of the upright.

At 2-0 down the hosts were pushing for a route back into the game with time running out, but the Celts were caught out at the back twice in added time; Mo Touray raced through on goal and found out the back of the net, before Miles Storey also found himself bearing down on goal with time to pick out a smart finish.

Farsley Celtic: Trenerry, Vaughan, Turner, Clayton, Broe (Tserpes 89), Sutton, Atkinson ©, Drake (Akiotu 66), Parkin, Spencer, Greaves. Unused subs: Kabeya, Fialdini, Westcarr (GK).

Hereford: Hall, Gillela (Hodgkiss 46), Revan, Egan, Pollock, Vincent, Kouhyar, Lloyd, McLean (Storey 58), Owen-Evans, Gordon (Touram 68). Unused subs: Forsyth, Klukowski.

Attendance: 508


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