Farsley Celtic made the trek to the East Yorkshire coast on Boxing Day to face Whitby Town and came away with the best possible present, that of three Evo-Stik League Premier points in a 2-0 victory against the Seasiders with goals from Paul Walker and Dan Cockerline on his debut.
Looking back on the win at the Turnbull Ground, Farsley manager Adam Lakeland told the club`s official Pitchero website: “It was an important three points for us and I felt we thoroughly deserved our victory.
“It has been over three weeks since our last league game, so we have been crammed up waiting for another opportunity to get out there and I thought the lads were excellent from start to finish.”
He continued: “We had a game plan and were intent on putting on a solid performance which I felt the players executed superbly. Defensively we were strong, I think the only times our ‘keeper Graeme McKibbin was tested were from the free-kick in the first half when he saved from close range, and the penalty at the end of the game. Outside of that we restricted Whitby to efforts from distance including several free-kicks, most of which didn’t hit the target. The clean sheet was particularly pleasing, and we should take confidence from that.
“Offensively I felt we looked a threat throughout, Nathan Cartman should have scored in the first minute, he had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside which was unbelievably poor having seen it back and fortunately it didn’t cost us on this occasion. Chris Atkinson tested their ‘keeper from 25 yards and Dan Cockerline hit one straight at the keeper with his left foot, so I was disappointed not to be ahead at the break to be honest as we were the better team. We scored two great goals in the second half through Paul Walker and Dan who got off the mark on his debut. Both he and Cameron Murray put in good displays in their first games for the Club, plus Nathan Turner after so long out came in and was excellent.
“Whitby threw a lot of players forward in the final twenty minutes to try and get back into the game and we had to withstand some pressure which is expected, but we defended well overall and I was delighted for both the players and supporters that we got the win.
“We will now recover and prepare for two very difficult games in three days away at Rushall Olympic on Saturday, before we host local rivals Shaw Lane AFC at Throstle Nest on New Year’s Day”.