Match report Vs Farsley Celtic FCVenue: The CitadelDate: 21-11-20Att: 000 (away fans: 000)

21-11-20 - Report - Farsley Celtic FC 2 Kidderminster Harriers 2

Harriers get a draw at Farsley to go third

Report: Harriershane

Off the back of their maiden win at Brackley Town on Tuesday night the Harriers were welcomed to The Citadel by a Farsley Celtic side who were afforded a rest in midweek. Russ Penn named an unchanged side, with only one change on the bench, as Ethan Freemantle returned to the matchday squad.

Adam Lakeland was buoyed in midweek by the extension of midfielder Carl Johnston’s loan spell, with the Fleetwood Town man remaining until January and he would make his sixth start of the season.

The home side were yet to score more than once in a game so far in this league campaign and had not conceded more than once in each of their three home matches before today’s game. Celtic started the brighter of the two sides, with Jimmy Spencer testing Luke Simpson in the Harriers goal, before he was called into more comfortable action by Tyler Walton’s low effort with twelve minutes played.

After eighteen minutes had been played the Harriers saw themselves go a goal behind when Paddy Lane’s corner was diverted home by Tom Allan for his first goal of the campaign. As at Darlington, though, this seemed to wake Harriers up as they proceeded to hit their hosts with the proverbial “one-two” punch.

First, Sam Austin picked the ball up twenty yards out in a central position and unleashed an unstoppable drive past Steven Drench for his second goal of the week before Omari Sterling James finished off a clinical counter attacking move for his first goal in four games. All told, the three goals were timed at 18′, 20′ and 22′ and with 26′ played. Amari Morgan-Smith dragged a shot wide as Harriers looked to extend their new-found lead.

Spencer was an attacking threat all game and arrived again to touch a Johnston cross wide of the post.

The final moments of the half provided more talking points as Caleb Richards cleared off the line with Lane lurking and odds-on to score. The Farsley man then collided with the post but continued after treatment.

The half’s conclusion saw the award of a very dubious penalty, with the referee adjudging Allan to have been bundled over, although watching the stream it appeared that the goalscorer had jumped into the Harriers defender. Top scorer Jordan Richards was handed the opportunity to send his side into the break level but his fierce effort smacked the crossbar.

That was Farsley’s second penalty of the league campaign, and their second miss.

HT: 1 – 2

The half time oranges were barely consumed when the home side drew level with an all too simple goal. Spencer again was at the heart of the play, driving forward and drawing Simpson into a save but the Harriers custodian could only push the ball into the path of Johnston, who tapped home to celebrate his loan extension.

The home side then accumulated a couple of yellow cards (five in total by the end of the game) as they looked to stifle the attempts of the Harriers to regain the advantage.

The game descended into a real midfield battle, with chances starting to arrive at a premium. Steve Drench had to be alert following a Sterling-James free kick that deflected off Adam Clayton before Tyler Walton volleyed over with twenty five minutes to play.

Celtic would stand resolutely and deny Harriers any real sights of goal until the depths of injury time when a succession of deep free kicks and corners tested their backline. Sterling-James and Max Taylor both nearly won it for Harriers but the ball just would not break for the visitors, who had to be content with a point on the road.

FT: 2 – 2

Goals for Farsley Celtic: Allan 18, Johnston 48

Goals for Harriers: Austin 20, Sterling-James 22

The Harriers Online MotM is: Sam Austin

Talk about the game here

Latest table and stats here

Farsley Celtic FC Goals Subs Time Cards
J Richards        
Smith-Brown   57
C Atkinson        
Lane   81  
Walton   86
Hayhurst    57  
B Atkinson   86  
Heath   81  
Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
C Richards        
Montrose   91
Hemmings   68  
Sterling-James 77  
Prosser   91  
Freemantle   77  
Arthur   68  
Mr Paul Cooper