March 28th 2004
|CELTS MAKE A DISAPPOINTING POINT|
A last minute equaliser from Matt Smithard saved Farsley Celtic's
blushes and rescued a point in a 1-1 draw with struggling Kidsgrove
Athletic at Throstle Nest.
The Celts had more than enough chances to have won two matches and dominated possession for long periods however they lacked a real killer instinct in front of goal and paid for it against the plucky Potteries side.
After a bright opening in which Roy Stammar struck the post with a smart volley it was the visitors who notched the opener with a well worked goal on 18 minutes. A neat cross from Richard Eyre was nodded home by Darren Twigg from 6 yards out.
Both Stammar and Mick Midwood spurned glorious opportunities before the break to level matters. The second half was all Farsley with Andy Watson, Jon Dyson, Chris Stabb, Mark Bett and Matt Smithard all going close.
The equaliser finally came in the 89th minute when a superb cross from Richard Annan on the left wing was met perfectly by Smithard on the half volley to slide the ball in from 5 yards out.
Moments later in stoppage time Smithard could and should have clinched all three points when a quickly taken free kick saw the Celts striker through on goal only to blaze the ball high over the bar.
A one point return from two home games makes for disappointing reading for Celts fans after a fifteen match unbeaten run had propelled the side into second position.
Saturday's result and last Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at home to Matlock Town leaves the Celts in fourth spot, six points off top spot but with a game in hand.
Workington are the visitors to Throstle Nest on Thursday night (7.45pm) when another good crowd is expected for a game that should see the hosts close the gap on Hyde United. Next Saturday Farsley travel to Merseyside to face Prescot Cables (3pm).
MICK AND ROBERT PASS WITH FLYING COLOURS
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