Farsley Celtic defeated a youthful Guiseley side 4-2 on a chilly night at Throstle Nest. Guiseley made eleven changes from Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Maidstone and it proved costly as they crashed out of the West Riding County Cup at the quarter-finals stage.

Farsley started the brighter of the two sides and after some intricate passing Lewis Nightingale turned in the box before firing home to open the scoring. Richard Marshall should have doubled Farsley’s lead after a quick corner was taken and Nightingale whipped in a cross before Marshall volleyed over from inside the six yard box. Shortly after Guiseley drew level as the lively Connor Priestley stole the ball from Nathan Turner before firing home. Priestley could then have put the Lions in front as he raced through on goal before Farsley ‘keeper Graeme McKibbin made the save.

Just before the hour mark Farsley edged back in front as Savory’s flick on was headed over Guiseley ‘keeper Daniel Atkinson and into the goal by Richard Marshall. Once again Guiseley capitalised on a mistake to pull level as Steven Smith won the ball from Chris Howarth before tucking the ball under McKibbin. Within minutes Farsley were back in front as Ryan Watson’s driven shot from the edge of the box was parried by Atkinson straight to substitute James Walshaw who lashed home the rebound. Jordan Deacey wrapped up the Celts’ victory in injury time as he finished a fine run by firing into the bottom corner past Atkinson. There was still time for Farsley ‘keeper Graeme McKibbin to almost get on the score sheet as his wind assisted kick bounced just over the crossbar.

Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Hardy (c), Howarth, Turner, Watson, Savory (Clayton 58), Nightingale, Daly, Marshall (Walshaw 58), Deacey, Walker.

Guiseley AFC: Atkinson, Fold, Carney, Walker, Snowden, Wells (c), Soda (Fell 67), Scott Smith, (Bojang 82), Priestley, Steven Smith, Porritt. Unused subs: Whittington (GK), Gomersall, Bissett.

MOTM: Lewis Nightingale

Attendance: 269

Photo: John McEvoy

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