Snowstorm delays Farsley Celtic match as relegation battle with Leamington ends even

by Juan Baron

An almost biblical snowstorm delayed the start of Farsley Celtic’s triple relegation with Leamington at The Citadel tonight.

And the snow conditions certainly played their part in a close game that ended in a 1-1 draw that will probably please the visitors more than the hosts.

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In the first half, both sides took their time adjusting to the difficult playing surface and its snowy cover.

Volunteers helped clear the lines on the field before kick-off. photo: John McEvoy

Leamington came through the first half and could have taken the lead on 11 minutes when Farsley goalkeeper Max Dearnley was caught off his line, but Dan Turner’s effort slipped harmlessly wide.

It was the Celts who had the best chance of the half. After 28 minutes, Mulhern assisted Kian Scales who burst through the Brakes defence, but his low shot was saved one on one by Leamington goalkeeper Cann.

Kian Scales watches as Leamington mounts an attack. Photo: John McEvoy

The second half was again an even affair, but the visitors took the lead after four minutes, Dan Turner blasting home a stunning shot from the edge of the box, giving Dearnley no chance.

The setback clearly rocked the Celts, but 12 minutes later, the hosts pulled off a desperately needed equalizer.

Frank Mulhern and Dave Syers in action at The Snowy Citadel. Photo: John McEvoy/Leeds Shots

Lewis Butroid delivered an excellent cross from the left, and his opposite full-back Lewis Turner slipped in around the back to push home.

Farsley’s best chance of scoring a winning goal and allaying his relegation fears came 14 minutes from time when Leamington goalkeeper Ted Cann made a phenomenal double save to deny first Tom Allan and then Theo Williams on the rebound. .

Chris Atkinson lets fly for Farsley Celtic. Photo: John McEvoy/Leeds Shots

Four minutes later Leamington had a good chance to win, Kelly-Evans crossed for Jack Edwards but his header went straight for Dearnley.

Farsley forced a series of corners nine minutes into stoppage time, but was unable to find a winner despite late pressure. He left the Celts fourth from bottom, three points behind three teams above them with 42 points, but having played fewer games.

While Farsley’s unbeaten streak at home dating back to November was sustained and the Celts have now lost just one of their last 12, boss Russ Wilcox will once again have been frustrated by his team’s inability to turn one point into three. .

Tuesday’s meeting with Leamington saw Farsley’s defender Adam Clayton does his 300he appearance for the Celts, and the 36-year-old won the man of the match award to cap off a big night for the stalwart.

Sam Muggleton signs for the Celtics

Farsley Celtic’s new signing Sam Muggleton was an unused substitute against Leamington

Farsley Celtic have signed Sam Muggleton to Melton Town’s dual registration.

The 27-year-old midfielder has plenty of experience at this level and in the National League, spending time with Barnet, York City and Chesterfield.

Muggleton began his non-league football career with Holwell Sports before moving to Gillingham on a scholarship aged 16.

Following his departure from the Gills, he spent three years at Barnet, where in addition to his time in the National League, he also made 36 League Two appearances.

More recently, he spent time with Stratford Town, Bedworth United and Belper Town, before moving to his hometown club Melton Town this season.

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