Farsley Celtic successfully extended their unbeaten streak to five matches by engaging in a thrilling 2-2 draw against newly promoted Tamworth. The match showcased Farsley’s resilience as they rebounded impressively from trailing by a goal during the first half. However, their hopes of securing a triumphant victory were dashed late on due to a contentious penalty decision.
Farsley came tantalisingly close to securing an early advantage when Ben Atkinson skillfully directed a finely calibrated pass to Marley Blair, who was making a well-timed run. Regrettably, Blair’s subsequent shot was expertly saved.
Responding with vigour, Tamworth had a significant opportunity of its own at the 15-minute mark. Jamie Willets soared above the rest to meet a curling corner, but his header narrowly cleared the crossbar.
This moment served as an indication of what was to unfold. Roughly five minutes later, Tamworth earned another corner, and once again it was Willets who found himself in the ideal position. On this occasion, he powerfully headed the ball home from close range, granting the visiting side the advantage.
The final 15 minutes of the first half witnessed Farsley’s dominance, and they were unlucky not to restore parity before the break. Player and head coach Clayton Donaldson exhibited adept footwork and composure within the penalty area, carving out half a yard of space to unleash a shot. Although he transitioned the ball onto his left foot, his formidable strike collided with the crossbar.
Subsequently, Farsley was presented with a headed opportunity of their own. Skipper Chris Atkinson expertly delivered a free-kick towards the back post, where Rudy Misambo showcased excellent positioning to rise above his marker and direct a forceful header towards the target. However, Leon Phillips in the Tamworth goal executed an acrobatic save, tipping the ball over the bar.
Farsley finally managed to restore equilibrium early in the second half. Substitute Isaac Robinson had been on the field for a mere two minutes when he executed a remarkable cross to find Darren Stephenson, who exhibited composure to calmly finish. This goal marked Stephenson’s third in five matches as a striker.
With fifteen minutes remaining, the Celts secured the lead through a moment of brilliance from Jordan Carroll. Employing a shoulder feint, Carroll cut inside from the right flank and embarked on a mesmerising dribble before dispatching a shot into the bottom right corner, thus propelling Farsley into the lead.
In the subsequent minutes, Farsley displayed a resolute defensive performance, appearing poised to successfully navigate the closing moments of the match. However, a controversial incident transpired. The referee adjudged that Conor Branson had obstructed a Tamworth shot with his arm.
During stoppage time, Ben Milnes stepped forward to take the penalty and aimed for the side netting. His effort, however, found the side netting itself, resulting in the match concluding in a balanced 2-2 draw.