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First Team - Match centre

Farsley Celtic
J Walshaw (11', 29', 75')
Full time
C Tinnion (8'), S Allison (90'), M Douglas (96')
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 278

Late drama as Reds level deep in stoppage time

The most dramatic finale saw Reds salvage a point with Matty Douglas heading home a 96th minute equaliser.

And on an afternoon when below par Reds looked dead and buried, this late flurry of activity said much for the character in this tightly-knit squad.

Trailing 3-1 in the ninetieth minute, Scott Allison volleyed home what we thought was a late consolation goal but, thanks to a generous referee, the time added on became a controversial topic.

Yes, there had been all the usual stoppages – four substitutions, a few injuries, a penalty and the normal time wasting gimmicks all teams are guilty of (one player tying an undone lace fifty yards away from the throw-in he was about to take) but, even so, the unexpected bonus time, Fergie time if you like, was condemned in the blue corner and greeted with relief in the red corner.

Rightly praised for their defensive work of late, Reds were all at sea on their first visit to Throstle Nest for eight years and James Walshaw had a field day, reminding all that he is still one of the best strikers around.

He ran Reds ragged at times, most of the game actually, and deserved to finish on the winning side if anyone did.
For once we couldn’t accuse our heroes of a ‘slow start’ and a bright opening was rewarded with the opening goal in the ninth minute.
Goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin’s poor clearance was picked up by Sam Joel, who advanced towards goal, fed the ball to Conor Tinnion on his left and an unerring finish gave Workington an early advantage.

The joy was short-lived, though, and Celtic were back on terms less than three minutes later. An Aaran Taylor punched clearance was kept alive in the area and Walshaw dived to head home the equaliser from close range.

McKibben was then substituted but, if anything, his replacement, Kyle Trenerry, strengthened the Farsley team.

Back to Mr Walshaw who brought the best out of Taylor, the latter diving low to his right to keep out an attempt heading for the bottom corner.

He had his say, though, in the twenty-eighth minute when more sloppy defending proved costly. Walshaw was given all the time and room he needed to put the hosts ahead.

Joel’s trickery was coming off for once and he looked a threat when Reds ventured forward. He narrowly missed the target with one effort while his second attempt was well saved by the substitute ‘keeper.

The half ended with Walshaw dragging another shot wide at one end and Dav Symington a fraction too high with one of his trademark free kicks.

Reds resumed in positive fashion but a teasing low cross from the impressive Jordan Holt found no takers as the ball skimmed across the six yard box.

But more defensive carnage from Reds resulted in Dan Wordsworth dragging down Walshaw for the most blatant of penalties. The league’s top scorer had previously converted seven spot-kicks this term but he couldn’t beat Taylor who enhanced his reputation as a penalty stopper with a comfortable save.

Back came Reds with Joel denied once again by Trenerry who then appeared to have a Holt shot covered which rattled the upright.

Symington has provided many an assist in his time at the club but won’t want reminding of his latest. Obviously unaware the prolific Walshaw was lurking with intent, the former’s back pass was well short of Taylor and the Yorkshire hit-man accepted the gift, completing his hat-trick with the easiest of his twenty one goals this term.

And that seemed to be the end as far as Reds were concerned with Taylor keeping the score respectable by saving well to thwart Ryan Watson’s low shot.

But credit to Reds, as poor as they had been there was no towel thrown in.

A free kick in the ninetieth minute sparked the late drama from ten-to-five onwards. Wordsworth sent a free-kick into the Farsley area, Nathan Waterston won the header and guided the ball into Allison’s path and the latter despatched the ball in style with a finish even Walshaw would have approved of.

Waterston was inches away from equalising himself as good play on the right opened up Celtic as ‘added time’ passed the five minute mark.

There was still time, not sure why, for one last throw of the dice. Another free kick, this time from Gari Rowntree, was launched into Celtic territory and there was Douglas leaping high to guide his header into the net for the sixth and most celebrated goal of the afternoon.

Picture the contrast in emotions at the final whistle. Those in blue were distraught whilst the Reds celebrated their good fortune.
David Hewson didn’t know whether to laugh or cry in his post match assessment but it was bordering on the former.

“To be 3-1 down, dead and buried and then comeback like we did is unbelievable. You get one back and think maybe, just maybe, one more chance, one more ball in the box, who knows what can happen. That’s football, very cruel at times and cruel on Farsley but obviously jubilation for us to come away with a point!”

Farsley Celtic McKibbin (Trenerry, 17), Pollard, Baldwin, Atkinson, Ellis (Harris, 81), Clayton, Atkinson, Watson, Walshaw, Parkin (Priestley, 70), Walker. Substitute – Porritt, Bett (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Earl (McLuckie, 57), Symington, Holt, Allison, Joel (Waterston, 76), Tinnion. Substitutes – Wilson, Mellen, Harker (not used).

Referee Matt Sowerby, Harrogate

Bookings: Atkinson, Priestley (Farsley Celtic)

Attendance 278

Key moments

Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
Goal James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
Goal James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
Goal James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington
90:00 +6:00
Goal Matthew Douglas scores for Workington

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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Jordan Holt is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +6:00 Goal 3 - 3
Matthew Douglas scores for Workington
90:00 +6:00 Assist
Gari Rowntree makes an assist for Workington
90:00 +5:00 Yellow Card
Adam Priestley is yellow carded for Farsley Celtic
90:00 Assist
Nathan Waterston makes an assist for Workington
90:00 Goal 3 - 2
Scott Allison scores for Workington
80:00 Sub On
Kurt Harris is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
80:00 Sub Off
Danny Ellis is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
76:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
76:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
75:00 Goal 3 - 1
James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
71:00 Sub On
Kurt Harris is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
71:00 Sub Off
Adam Clayton is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
57:00 Sub On
Philip McLuckie is substituted on for Workington
57:00 Sub Off
James Earl is substituted off for Workington
55:00 Missed Penalty
James Walshaw misses a penalty for Farsley Celtic
55:00 Saved Penalty
Aaran Taylor saves a penalty for Workington
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Christopher Atkinson is yellow carded for Farsley Celtic
29:00 Goal 2 - 1
James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
29:00 Assist
Paul Walker makes an assist for Farsley Celtic
16:00 Sub On
Kyle Trennery is substituted on for Farsley Celtic
16:00 Sub Off
Graeme McKibbin is substituted off for Farsley Celtic
11:00 Goal 1 - 1
James Walshaw scores for Farsley Celtic
11:00 Assist
Adam Clayton makes an assist for Farsley Celtic
8:00 Goal 0 - 1
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
8:00 Assist
Samuel Joel makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Farsley Celtic
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 8:00'
  • Samuel Joel Assist 8:00'
  • James Walshaw Goal 11:00'
  • Adam Clayton Assist 11:00'
  • Kyle Trennery Sub On 16:00'
  • Graeme McKibbin Sub Off 16:00'
  • James Walshaw Goal 29:00'
  • Paul Walker Assist 29:00'
  • Christopher Atkinson Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Aaran Taylor Saved Penalty 55:00'
  • James Walshaw Missed Penalty 55:00'
  • James Earl Sub Off 57:00'
  • Philip McLuckie Sub On 57:00'
  • Adam Clayton Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kurt Harris Sub On 71:00'
  • James Walshaw Goal 75:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 76:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 76:00'
  • Danny Ellis Sub Off 80:00'
  • Kurt Harris Sub On 80:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Assist 90:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 90:00'
  • Adam Priestley Yellow Card 90:00 +5:00'
  • Matthew Douglas Goal 90:00 +6:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Assist 90:00 +6:00'
  • Jordan Holt Player of the Match 90:00 +7:00'

Team selection

Farsley Celtic
  • 1. Graeme McKibbin
  • 2. Jimmy Pollard
  • 3. Isaac Baldwin
  • 4. Christopher Atkinson
  • 5. Danny Ellis
  • 6. Adam Clayton
  • 7. Ben Atkinson
  • 8. Ryan Watson
  • 9. James Walshaw
  • 10. Luke Parkin
  • 11. Paul Walker
  • 12. Adam Priestley
  • 14. Adam Porritt
  • 15. Kurt Harris
  • 16. Mark Bett
  • 17. Kyle Trennery

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 20 41
2. Warrington Town 20 40
3. Grantham Town 21 38
4. Shaw Lane 18 38
5. Farsley Celtic 21 36
6. Ashton United 20 35
7. Workington 21 33

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