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A late header from Ben Atkinson saw Spennymoor suffer a second defeat in five days to extend the winless start to the season.

A poor spectacle, which rarely deserved a goal at times, was settled from a cross into the box which found the Farsely midfielder.

In Jason Ainsley’s absence, Tommy Miller made one change from the side who began the game against Guiseley on Tuesday evening, with Stephen Brogan returning to left back.

That meant Shane Henry moved into the midfield alongside Jamie Chandler, resulting in Dan Ward shifting to the bench.

The home side, who came into the clash on the back of two defeats against Chester and Southport, began sharply and went close to an instant opener when Dave Syers hit an effort just over the bar.

The Citadel was subdued for the majority of the early exchanges, with Moors’ only moment of note coming via a Henry shot which went well wide of the post.

After a lull in the game, it was Farsley who began to forge out chances in a forgetful first period.

First, Jamie Spencer attempted to round Matt Gould after he was played through, but the goalkeeper did well to force the strike wide, allowing Brogan to clear for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece Danny Ellis fired a thunderous volley which was superbly tipped away by the Spennymoor goalkeeper.

The action picked up after the players emerged from he interval as Glen Taylor fired a shot from a tight angle past the post of Elliott Wynne, before Ben McKenna tamely headed straight at the Farsley keeper at the back post.

Despite gathering momentum, Moors were once again thankful for the reflexes of Gould who denied Ben Atkinson after the midfielder evaded several challenges.

In a more enthralling second half, the introduction of Dan Ward for James Roberts in an advanced role almost paid off when the former clipped a delicious ball to Taylor, but he slipped as he struck his goal bound effort.

Johnson was the next Spennymoor player to come close, sending a low, bobbling shot just wide of the post, but the elusive opening goal continued to evade a frustrated Moors side.

With the game seemingly pestering out, a delivery into the area was

Farsley Celtic

1Elliot Wynne Goalkeeper
2Jordan Richards Defender
3Will Hayhurst Midfielder
4Jack Higgins Defender
5Daniel Ellis 12 Defender
6Thomas Allan Defender
7Ben Atkinson Midfielder
8Christopher Atkinson Midfielder 54'
9Jimmy Spencer Forward
10Dave Syers 14 Midfielder
11Tyler Walton Midfielder
12Luke Parkin 5 Forward
13Kyle Trenerry Goalkeeper
14Nathan Cartman 10 Forward
15Paul Walker Midfielder
16Isaac Baldwin Defender
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1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ben McKenna 17 Midfielder 66'
8Shane Henry Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward
10James Roberts 15 Forward
11Andrew Johnson Midfielder
15Dan Ward 10 Midfielder
16Adam Boyes Forward
17Mark Anderson 7 Midfielder
Clean Sheet
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Red Cards


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Farsley Celtic011Win


Date Time Competition Season
17th August 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2019/20


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