By Christian Lee
Farsley Celtic secured three much-needed points with a shock 2-0 victory over high flying Kings Lynn Town. First half goals from Frank Mulhern and Carlton Ubeazuonu were enough to seal the win.
The home side punctuated a first half devoid of action with two moments of quality as they found the back of the net twice.
Firstly, on the 14-minute mark Jimmy Spencer controlled a bouncing ball and threaded a pass through to Frank Mulhern, who had made a run between the Kings Lynn centre backs. The striker made no mistake as he lifted the ball over the head of the onrushing goalkeeper.
20 minutes later Carlton Ubeazuonu doubled the home side’s lead. Spencer and Mulhern were involved once again as the former fizzed a pass into Mulhern on the edge of the box. The ball was nudged away by a Kings Lynn defender straight into the path of Ubeazuono who drilled the ball into the bottom corner past the diving keeper.
Farsley stopper Max Dearnley made a couple of smart saves before the break as the visitors had the better of possession.
The game fell into a familiar rhythm in the second half as Farsley looked to disrupt Kings Lynn, who pushed to close the deficit.
But the visiting side, who started the night in second place in the table, created few genuine chances thanks to the solid work of the Farsley defence, with their best being an Adam Crowther shot from 12 yards out that was blocked by a Celtic defender.
Dearnley remained untested in the second half until four minutes from time when a cross fell to defender Joshua Coulson, who hit a tame volley straight at him.
As the game headed into injury time the home fans pleaded with referee Richard Holmes to blow the final whistle and he finally relented in the 96th minute, sparking celebrations on the pitch and also in the stands.
The Celts will be aiming to build on the three points when they entertain Leamington on Saturday (3pm). They’ll be looking to avenge a 4-0 opening day reverse and tickets can be bought here.
Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Turner, Butroid, Johnson, Butler (c), Teale, Allan, Ubaezuonu, Spencer, Mulhern, Parkin (Wallace 90+2). Unused subs: Assenso, Osadebe, Mason (GK).
King’s Lynn Town: P. Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Charles 73), Denton, Crowther, Coulson, Clunan (c), Omotayo, Barrett, Hargreaves, A. Jones, Scott. Unused subs: Callan-McFadden, Walker, Fleming, Blair (GK).
Celts boss Russ Wilcox praised his side’s performance and said: “To a man, everybody’s put in an unbelievable shift.”