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REPORT Farsley Celtic 4-1 Glossop North End
Monday 13th February 2017 @ 16:05 by Adam Higgins
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Report by Adam Higgins
Pictures by Steve Dyson

Glossop North End’s play-off hopes took another hit after a disappointing 4-1 defeat at promotion rivals Farsley Celtic last Saturday.

It was going well for the Hillmen as a ninth-minute header by Adam Jones rewarded an excellent first-half display and gave Glossop a deserved half-time lead.

But their good work was quickly undone as Farsley struck three times in the space of 21 minutes at the start of the second half before adding a fourth late on to leap to second place in the table.

It meant the Hillmen dropped to sixth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, but remain level on points with fifth-placed Scarborough Athletic, after a third defeat in four league games.

There was a big game feeling around Throstle Nest as fourth took on fifth before kick-off and Chris Willcock’s men began brightly amid bitterly cold conditions in west Yorkshire.

Max Leonard, who scored the winner at Trafford last week, saw a free-kick tipped behind by Graeme McKibbin before the Celtic keeper was beaten by a fine header by defender Jones from the resulting corner.

Good start: Jones gave Glossop an early lead with a close-range header

Farsley instantly responded as Richard Marshall’s thunderous effort from close range struck the crossbar before Glossop keeper Matthew Cooper made a fine reaction save to keep out Celtic captain Aaron Hardy.

Glossop stuck to the task well and enjoyed some positive moments on the break, with Leonard going close to doubling the lead with a curling strike which was denied by McKibbin.

But the visitors were stunned by a devastating spell from the hosts after the restart as the game was turned completely on its head.

Farsley levelled on 54 minutes when Ryan Watson’s inswinging free-kick was powered in from six yards by Adam Clayton.

Two minutes later, James Walshaw wriggled his way past the Glossop defence and finished a brilliant move by thumping a left-footed shot past Cooper from just inside the box.

Attacking force: Glossop had opportunities to score more goals but were caught out on numerous occasions at the back

It got worse for Glossop in the 66th minute when Jordan Deacey’s well-struck volley found the net after Cooper could only punch away a Marshall cross from the right.

Both sides had further chances to score but Farsley had the more presentable ones, hitting the woodwork with a Walshaw free-kick and forcing Glossop captain Anthony Griffith to clear Deacey’s lob off the line before rounding off the scoring five minutes from time.

Walshaw latched on to a pinpoint Watson pass and escaped clear of Mohamud Ali before calmly slotting home his second goal of the game.

Glossop will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment against Bamber Bridge, who won the league encounter between the sides 2-0 a fortnight ago, in the third round of the Integro Doodson League Cup on Tuesday night.

TEAMS:

Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Hardy (c), Howarth, Davidson, Clayton, Savory, Marshall, Watson, Walshaw (Colley 87’), Deacey (Nightingale 87’), Walker (Atkinson 87’). Subs not used: Daly, Serrant.

Booked: Deacey, Hardy

Goals: Clayton (54′), Walshaw (56′, 85′), Deacey (66′)

Glossop North End: Cooper, Ali, Dugdale, Griffith (c), A Jones, Andrews, Mulholland (K Jones 70’), Hurtley, Norton (Jacobs 70’), Leonard, Matthews (Reed 70’). Subs not used: Parker, Heeley.

Booked: A Jones, K Jones, Ali, Leonard

Referee: Sam Barriott
Attendance: 201