By John Baron
Farsley Celtic remain firmly in the National League North relegation zone following a narrow defeat at new-boys Peterborough Sports.
It was a game full of graft and endeavour, but lacking in quality as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances.
As has often been the case this season, The Celts had the better of the first half.
Chances were rare at either end, with Sports’ keeper Peter Crook making a decent save at his near post from Frank Mulhern’s strike and comfortably saving a strike from Celts skipper Chris Atkinson, who departed the field with a hamstring injury.
At the other end Farsley stopper Max Dearnley hurried across goal to keep out Mark Jones’ deflected strike.
The second half was equally scrappy but saw the home side have the better of play. A goal 10 minutes into the half saw quick reactions from Jones to head home a wayward shot from Maniche Sani.
The home side could have added a second, but for a goal-line block from Lewis Turner.
The closest the visitors came to an equaliser saw Luke Parkin drag an effort just wide, with Carlton Ubaezuonu just unable to reach it on the stretch.
The travelling Celt Army, who brought donations to Peterborough’s food bank appeal, remained behind the team and manager throughout. New loan signings Nathaniel Wallace and Connor Teale made promising debuts, despite only meeting their teammates on the morning of the match. Andy Butler also had a fine game at the heart of the defence.
But there were also the first signs of fan discontent during the second half, with a section of the visiting Celt Army voicing their frustrations at owner Paul Barthorpe and calling for new investment at the club.
The Celts are back in action at The Citadel on Tuesday night, with high-flying Kings Lynn Town the visitors. Ticket information here.
Peterborough Sports: Peter Crook, Kayden Williams-Lowe, Nathan Fox, Ryan Fryatt, Connor Johnson, Dan Lawlor, Connor Kennedy, Josh McCammon, Maniche Sani, Mark Jones, Diod Sembie-Ferris: Subs: Nicholson, Jones, Jarvis.
Farsley Celtic: Max Dearnley; Lewis Turner, Andy Butler, Connor Teale, Lewis Butroid; Carlton Ubaezuono, Bobby Johnson, Chris Atkinson; Frank Mulhern, Jimmy Spencer, Luke Parkin. Subs: Syers, Dube, Osadebe, Wallace, Mason.
Celts boss Ross Wilcox said he couldn’t fault the players’ application and felt his side – hit by injuries and suspensions – deserved a point from the game. He said The Celts needed to keep going, with two important home league games coming up:
Defeat leaves The Celts second bottom in the National League North, five points from safety.