Farsley AFC 1
Bridlington Town 1
THE sight of man of the match Craig Palmer being assisted to the dressing room after the game tarnished an otherwise satisfactory afternoon for the Seasiders.
An already depleted Town were down to the bare bones as they could only name three substitutes for this top-of-the-table clash at the Throstle Nest and it was their fighting spirit that earned them a very creditable draw, a result that means they are masters of their own destiny as far as league honours go.
Both teams above them are within catching distance as winning their games in hand would propel Town to the top of the table.
Ash Allanson and Alex Rhodes joined Tom Fleming on the injury list while Rob Eeles was suspended.
Farsley had doubts over player/assistant manager Simeon Bambrook, captain Dominic Krief and Gareth Grant but all three took their places in the team.
Early on, Craig Palmer got in a good tackle at the expense of a corner to stop Grant as he attempted to get on to the end of a long through ball from Lee Connor, then after only six minutes the league leaders got their noses in front.
Grant touched on a cross from the right to find Dominic Krief in space and the skipper volleyed the ball past Mark Wilberforce.
The visitors came back and a move involving Tom Lee, Lee Wright and Lyon saw Morgan make a good catch from the cross by Lyon with Hogg in attendance.
Grant placed an attempt straight at Wilberforce then both he and Ben Jones failed to get their heads to a centre from Krief.
A free kick was given to Farsley for holding although the Town defence thought they should have got such an award immediately before the incident. Bambrook took the free kick, which was blasted over from close in by Jones when it looked easier to score.
Town had done well to keep the score down to one-nil in the first half with some resolute defending but Farsley were guilty of missed chances.
At the beginning of the second half Hogg hit a wayward cross out for a throw-in then Brid had appeals for handball, from a shot by Lyon, turned down.
Wilberforce came out to save the ball at the feet of Jones as he chased a ball into the area then Grant was allowed to continue when he appeared to be in an offside position. His effort was deflected for a corner by Palmer, who also headed the flag kick away with Krief hitting the loose ball out of the ground.
Farsley were trying to make use of long throws and Wilberforce got a vital touch as Connor headed one towards goal. Lee fouled Serrant out on the left but centre back Mark Jackson, who had a clear chance to increase the lead from the free kick put his shot wide from close range. Jones and Bambrook wasted two more chances for Farsley.
Town began to come back into the game with a Bennett header landing on the roof of the net then from Wright’s deep cross Owen went even closer when his header came back off the crossbar with Lyon’s follow up shot being blocked.
Town’s substitutions had worked, with them pushing Farsley back and it took a great save from Morgan to stop Allanson from equalising.
Then with 10 minutes remaining it was all-square when the two replacements engineered a goal.
After intercepting the ball just inside his own half Aaron Allanson turned past Krief before playing a low through ball from the half way line that split the defence and Gareth Owen took it in his stride to advance on goal chased in vain by Tom Jackson.
As he got into the right hand side of the penalty area Owen hit a tremendous shot across Morgan that left him stranded and found the back of the net. The power from the shot caused the ball to rebound back out of goal.
By this time the Seasiders were in no mood to go away empty handed and Palmer went down injured in his own penalty area while helping to keep his goal intact.
Farsley unsportingly refused to put the ball out even though Palmer was obviously in distress and continued with an attack.
After on field treatment the defender was helped off and replaced by Phil Harrison.
All 11 players put their hands to the proverbial pump to ensure that the points were shared as the vociferous crowd got behind Farsley On the day a draw was a fair result and Farsley manager Neil Parsley echoed these sentiments by saying that with all things considered, he was pleased with Farsley’s 1-1 draw with Bridlington Town.
He added, “I said to the players in the dressing room after the game, that to get four points from our two games with Brid was a good achievement.”
With this kind of observation from a side that were competing in the Blue Square Conference last season, it shows the respect Gary Allanson and his team have earned from their opponents.