Farsley Celtic demonstrated resilience as they secured a commendable draw against playoff contenders Brackley Town in a match characterized by scarce goal-scoring opportunities.

Seeking redemption following a surprising 4-1 home defeat against Rushall Olympic on Tuesday, The Celts delivered a determined and spirited performance, ultimately earning them a hard-fought point.

Making several changes from the disappointing encounter with Rushall, experienced players Rudy Misambo and Tom Allan returned to the defensive line-up. Ryan Watson earned his first start of 2024 in midfield, while Ben Atkinson took on the role of right-wing back. Sam Leverett, Harvey Rowe, and David Adewolu found themselves on the bench for this fixture.

The home team initiated proceedings brightly, with a potential lead in the opening minute as Connor Hall narrowly missed connecting with Danny Newton’s cross. Despite some promising opportunities for the hosts, The Celts also came close, with Ryan Watson delivering a cross towards the back post that Michael Coulson narrowly failed to convert.

In the 30th minute, a defensive mix-up by Brackley allowed Clayton Donaldson a clear chance, but Tyler Lyttle’s well-timed lunge prevented an imminent goal. The Celts would have been content to head into half-time with a goalless scoreline, reflecting their solid defensive display.

Farsley’s prime opportunity in the second half occurred when Ryan Watson, making an impressive return to the side, volleyed from the edge of the box. However, Danny Lewis easily saved the attempt. Leban’s acrobatic save ten minutes later maintained the goalless stalemate, denying Newton’s header with a dive to his right.

As the home side increased pressure towards the end of the game, Farsley Celtic held their ground, securing a crucial point on the road. The result serves as a testament to their defensive resilience in a hard-fought encounter against Brackley Town.