Farsley progressed to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, where they would face Frickley Athletic, after they defeated North East Counties League team Athersley Recreation 4-1.

Athersley started the brighter but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities, and it was Farsley who took the lead when Marcus Edwards passed to Lewis Nightingale who smashed it into the roof of the net. Halfway through the first half Farsley had a chance to double their lead when Ross Daly crossed for Edwards but he couldn’t direct his header goal wards. Soon after Farsley had another good chance when Spencer Harris headed a Nightingale corner goal wards before his header was blocked on the line. Just after the half-hour mark Savory struck the post after he struck a dipping shot from 25 yards out. Not long before half-time Farsley went 2-0 in front when a Hardy cross was cleared but only as far as Robbie O’Brien who lashed the ball into the top corner despite the keeper’s best efforts. Right on the stroke of half-time Edwards missed a guilt-edged opportunity when Savory squared the ball but he allowed the it to role under his foot with no one near him.

Early on in the second half Edwards almost made amends for his earlier error when his shot was well saved by Athersley keeper Shaun Penn. Just after the hour mark Savory received the ball on the edge of the box and curled it into the far, top corner to all but seal victory. Spencer Harris then struck the post after shooting from distance before Athersley had a glimmer of hope when Savory was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. The penalty was easily scored by Lee Bennett as he sent Tom Taylor the wrong way. Four minutes into added time Ross Daly squared to substitute Adam Priestley who tapped home to put the icing on the cake.

Farsley AFC Athersley Recreation

13 Shots on target 2

10 Shots off target 1

7 Corners 0

2 Offsides 4

18 Fouls 14

2 Yellow Cards 6

0 Red Cards 0

Farsley AFC: Taylor, Hardy, Serrant, O’Brien ©, Dempsey, Harris, Nightingale (Brownlee 73), Daly, Edwards (Priestley 75), Savory, Grant. Unused subs: Hancock, Clamp, Riley, Lofthouse (GK).

Athersley Recreation: Penn, Hodgson, Sykes, Cook, Briscoe, R White, Scargill (Hancock 88), A White (Hydes 65), Mackie, Moore (Ripley 67), Bennett. Unused Subs: Bentley, Jackson, Thompson, May (GK).

MOTM: Aiden Savory

Attendance: 182

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