Words: John Baron
Photos: Simon Cullingworth | Video: Thomas Ritchie
Relegation-threatened Farsley Celtic suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as Darlington hit the Celts for six in an incident-packed game at The Citadel.
A bizarre opening period saw the Celts dominate the opening 20 minutes and go on to rattle the frame of Darlington’s goal three times in the first half.
But the floodgates opened on 25 minutes when Jack Lambert put Darlington ahead, and his quick-fire hat-trick ahead of the break delighted the large contingent of visiting supporters.
If 3-0 flattered the visitors a little at half time, the second half was one-way traffic.
Further strikes by Jarrett Rivers, Tyrone O’Neill and Kevin Dos Santos cemented Darlington’s comprehensive victory and left The Celts without a goal in four league games.
The defeat leaves Farsley Celtic second bottom after Bradford Park Avenue leapfrogged them and Guiseley by securing their first win since November.
Celts manager Neil Ross said the performance was ‘not acceptable’ and said the players needed to look at themselves and play with more desire and heart. Watch his interview with Thomas Ritchie below:
On Tuesday Farsley travel to giant-killers Kidderminster Harriers, who yesterday toppled Championship side Reading in the FA Cup third round and are awaiting the visit of Premier League side West Ham United in the fourth round. The Hammers beat Leeds 2-0.
Photographer Simon Cullingworth was on hand to capture yesterday’s action at The Citadel: