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hrostle Nest, Tuesday 9/4/19
Report by Alan Gee
A moment of opportunism from probably the leading current player, in the NPL, decided this affair but in reality there was not much between the possible champions and 18th placed Rangers!
Rangers started the game, not looking in awe of the table toppers even if Farsley were the first to threaten through an off target header from Jimmy Spencer, then a high shot from Will Hayhurst. Rangers started to settle and move the ball, but a move involving half the team saw a promising attack with no end product, followed by a run and shot wide of the target from Jake Charles. The game continued to switch ends, while defences remained on top, thus giving us few real chances. In the 32nd minute a long through ball saw Celtic keeper Kyle Trenerry rush from his box to challenge attacking Rangers forwards. His header was mis-timed and when his defence failed to get to the ball, Theo Bailey-Jones was there to roll the ball in from around 25 yards and give Rangers the lead. The visitors’ tails were up for the following minutes, before Spencer then proved his danger as he took on a long range shot that Adam Siviter touched from just under his bar. The hosts had more look after winning a corner right on half time and Dave Syers managed to flick a header past defence and Siviter, to send the sides in, level.
Rangers again started in determined fashion and an early free kick into the Farsley area saw Burns firing a shot wide. Simi Thandi was then cautioned for kicking the ball away, following an impeding incident, before Rangers were again on the attack, with Louis Briscoe feed Tom Thorley down the right channel, but his powerful shot was blocked by Trenerry. Another break followed and Bailey-Jones should have converted his back post effort, but sliced wide. Farsley started to s=assert themselves and Spencer delivered a cross-cum-shot that tested Siviter, right under his bar, conceding a corner in the process. This was followed by another foray by Hayhurst into the Rangers box, where Andrai Jones leaned into him to conceded a corner, while Mr Johnston waved away penalty appeals. In the 65th minute came the decisive moment – Siviter collect the ball and waited to clear. While he thought it was safe, Spencer had lingered behind him and, when the ball went to ground, Spencer nipped in to rob him and square the ball for Nathan Cartman to cheekily give Celtic the important match winner. Rangers made changes and this put them on the attack frequently. Joe Cuff caused renewed danger and when Cartman hacked him down, on the left, he was show a caution. The rest of the game remained open and it really could have gone either way, but the leaders really knew they had been given one of their sterner tests.
Farsley – Kyle Trenerry, Ben Atkinson, Willian Hayhurst, Jack Higgins, Danny Ellis, Adam Clayton, Dave Syers, Chris Atkinson, Jimmy Spencer, Nathan Cartman (88 12 Luke Parkin), Paul Walker (88 15 Kwame Boateng) – Unused Subs Mark Bower, Isaac Baldwin, Mark Bett
Goals Dave Syers 45, Nathan Cartman 65
Bookings Nathan Cartman 78
Stafford – Adam Siviter, Paul Bignot, Simi Thandi, Luke Jones, Danny Burns, Andrai Jones, Theo Bailey Jones, Tom Thorley (76 Ben Mills), Jake Charles, Jack Sherratt (72 Ged Davies), Louis Briscoe (72 Joe Cuff)
Goal Theo Bailey Jones 31
Bookings Simi Thandi 48, Danny Burns 69