Albion Sports 3 Garforth 0
Garforth's opening league game record extended to only two wins in the last ten as Albion ran out 3-0 winners at Throstle Nest.
The first half witnessed a disjointed showing from Rob Hunter's side, leaving Jake Lofthouse in the home goal to enjoy the pleasant August evening. After a cheaply conceded corner on 10 mins, Albion were awarded a penalty after Dan Coupland's push on Joe Barden. There followed a huge let-off for The Miners however when Alex Cusack, possibly with the bright Farsley sunshine in his eyes, smashed the spot-kick high over the bar. Our hosts exploited a vulnerable-looking Town left to enjoy most of the half's chances; Rhys Jenkinson forced a low save from Steven Weatherill on 17 mins when played in by talisman Danny Facey, then Jenkinson went close again with a dipping effort onto the roof of the net. Sandwiched in between that was a Town half-chance, Sam Leach - playing in a more advanced role - headed wide under challenge after good work through the middle by Mitch Hamilton.
On 33 mins The Lions deservedly gave themselves a half-time lead when pinball in the 18 yard box ended in Omar Habeeb firing past Weatherill into the net.
Ten minutes into the second period Joe Wilks' drive was deflected wide, but thereafter was a much improved showing from Garforth. A break saw Lee Turner beat the offside trap and almost find Calum Ward on the edge of the six-yard box, before Hamilton smashed into the side netting from a narrow angle. Ward opened his Garforth account the other week from distance, and a free-kick 35 yards out looked a good opportunity, but it was driven just wide. Another free-kick on 62 mins saw Sam Lingard curl beyond past the far post, then Ward was denied by a save at the near post from Lofthouse. A couple of corners which came to nothing brought to an end a good spell for the Miners, but sadly without an equaliser to show for it.
Few at Throstle Nest would've argued had our hosts been 3-0 up at half time, but the timing of the second and third goals when they came was harsh on Town. The hosts had enjoyed few chances in the second half, but in the end were able to absorb the pressure and pick us off on the break. On 80 mins the lead was doubled when a through ball fell to substitute Redmond Lee who rounded Weatherill to find the empty net. There was a second let-off four mins after that when Lee found himself free in the box to shoot past Weatherill again, but the 'goal' was chalked off for a push by Facey in the build-up. It lasted only three mins however, as another break found Facey in space who made it 3-0 with an exquisite chip over the keeper. With defeat by now sealed, there was chance for a consolation in injury time from Luke Kitson's corner which Turner headed just over the bar.
This Saturday sees Garforth return to the Supply Chain Network Stadium as we host Clipstone (kick-off 3pm).