March 28th 2004
  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).


Local junior football fans are in for a treat next Sunday (4th April) with a double header of under 12 matches at Throstle Nest. At 11am Farsley Colts face Farsley Juniors and at 1pm Rothwell Town face Alverthorpe in the semi-finals of the Garforth League Challenge Cup.

The action will be followed by a special family Easter disco in the clubhouse from 2pm with fancy dress prizes and fun for all.

Admission to the two games is just 2 for adults and 1 for children. For more information contact the club on 0113 255 7292.


Two of the Celts girls sides' coaches have successfully attained their 1st for Sport football coaching qualification after a three week course.

Mick Middleton, coach of the under 10 girls and Robert Womersley from the under 11s passed the course after gaining sponsorship from McDonalds.

"It was hard work but it's an important qualification to have and we're both delighted to have finished it," explained Robert.



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