Farsley Celtic put in a classy and dominant performance as they defeated Yorkshire rivals Goole 3-0 at the Victoria Pleasure Ground to move to the top of the Evo-Stik Divsion 1 North.
Farsley opened the scoring early on as James Walshaw headed home powerfully at the front post from Richard Marshall’s corner. The Celts then doubled their advantage midway through the half as Walshaw’s soft effort was fumbled by Goole ‘keeper Dan Morton straight into the path of Aiden Savory who slotted home for his second goal in two games. Farsley continued their pressure on the Goole defence as Richard Marshall saw his effort saved by Morton, before Goole created their first clearcut opportunity as Conor Glavin’s low drive was well saved by Graeme McKibbin.
Farsley then made the three points secure just before the hour mark as a delicious, pinpoint cross by Paul Walker was headed home by Walshaw who bagged his brace. Walshaw then had numerous attempts to secure a hat-trick, however as he fired across goal Morton got a crucial fingertip to the ball to deflect it to safety. Sam Colbear then headed wide for Goole before Walshaw missed another chance for his hat-trick, substitute Jordan Deacey stealing the ball off Rhys Meynell and squaring to Walshaw who fired his effort onto the upright. In the final moments of the game Alex Davidson volleyed over the bar from close range as he spurned a golden opportunity to give The Celts an even more convincing victory.
Goole AFC: Morton, Steeple, Taylor, Glavin, Colbear, Meynell (c), Stevens (Head 71), Booth (Mangham 53), Robinson (Modest 53), Johnson, Robson. Unused subs: Burke, Kay.
Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Hardy, Serrant, Turner, Clayton (Deacey 65), Miller, P. Davidson (Daly 65), Marshall (A. Davidson 74), Walshaw, Savory, Walker. Unused subs: O’Brien, Howarth.
MOTM: James Walshaw