Ossett Albion 1 Farsley Celtic 0
Farsley Celtic were brought back down to Earth with a bump after their 7-0 thrashing of Witton Albion, as Ossett Albion prevailed 1-0 in a scrappy game, writes Thomas Forth.
Despite this, Farsley had the first clear-cut opportunity of the game as Josh Grant crossed for Aiden Savory, but he could only direct his header over the bar.
Farsley continued to pressurise and had another opportunity as Paul Walker played in Robbie O’Brien who fired just over the bar. Farsley had their best chance of the first half just after the half hour mark as Robbie O’Brien’s effort was saved low down by Brett Souter, who also recovered to keep out Walker’s rebound.
Albion started to get a foothold in the game and had a glorious chance as Connor Bower raced through on goal only for Celts’ ‘keeper Tom Taylor to get a decisive touch on the ball to keep the scores level. But moments before halftime Ossett took the lead as Connor Brunt curled a freekick beautifully into the top corner.
Early on in the second half O’Brien saw his shot was well saved by Souter, and in the same attack Ross Daly hit the post from close range as Farsley pushed for an equaliser.
The second half became a very scrappy affair with the referee failing to control the game, yet Ossett had a chance to double their lead through Eddie Birch as his shot was saved by Tom Taylor from close range. The final chance of the match fell to Birch as he fired goalwards, but Taylor got down well to make the save.
Ossett Albion: Souter, Nicholson, Hardaker, Dawson, Milnes, Wright (c) (Jones 46), Paylour, Matthews (Muller 86), Bower (Morton 75), Brunt. Unused subs: Bordman, Wells.
Farsley Celtic: Taylor, Hardy, Grant, O’Brien (c), Clayton, Miller (Harrison 56), Nightingale (Hancock 78), Daly, Walker, Savory, Stevens (Osbourne 62). Unused subs: Sugden, Lofthouse.
MOTM: Steve Nicholson
Referee (David Benton): 3/10 – failed to control the game.