Farsley Celtic`s recent punishing schedule of games caught up with the side as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow Evo-Stik League Premier play-off chasers Warrington Town on Saturday.
Looking back on the events of the game, Celtic boss Adam Lakeland told the club`s official Pitchero website: “We’re always disappointed to lose games of football, particularly at the Nest, but I’m not overly surprised with the lethargy in our performance and I always felt the first goal would be decisive which I believe it proved to be. I’m disappointed with both goals, certainly the first one, not just because of the importance of it but the way in which we lost possession cheaply and then I think Graeme McKibbin should save it.”
Of the Yellows second goal he commented: “It is a decent hit from Sean Williams, but he’s allowed to shoot without pressure from 25 yards and it nestled in the corner, not flown into the top corner. I struggle to remember another shot on target from Warrington, but they were certainly a bit sharper than us, managed the game well and deserved the three points so I’m not taking anything away from them, but I am disappointed with the goals.”
Lakeland added: “When you fall behind you have to find another gear, ask more questions of the opposition and try to get back into the game, but in all honesty, we struggled to raise the bar on Saturday and the game just seemed to be one too far for us. Losing Danny Ellis was also a blow for us, not only because he is our captain, but we have used him as a striker on numerous occasions and he gives us something different. When he went off we lost the option of throwing him up top and that meant we were limited in finding ways to cause problems for one of the best defence’s in the league. We also then had to consider goal difference, as Warrington always looked a threat on the break in the second half as we enjoyed more possession and they defended deeper. Had we switched to a back three and really opened up, we would have risked losing by a bigger margin which could have impacted on our goal difference and that is something we have improved significantly in recent weeks.
“I have nothing but admiration for my players and their efforts over the past few days. Saturday’s result was disappointing, but there certainly wasn’t a lack of effort and we are still in an excellent position. Had we known in advance that with so many games in a short space of time against some good teams, that we would come out of it with 10 points everyone would have snapped your arm off, so I am delighted for the players and slightly disappointed that there was some criticism of them from the terraces today. I think one or two on the other side of the fence need to pinch themselves and remember how well these lads have done this season and acknowledge just how much they have given in recent months for this football club. We now have the county cup final to look forward to on Tuesday night before we recover for a massive game next Saturday at Barwell”.