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Lakeland Praise For Wally

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Following away wins against Marine AFC and Coalville Town, Evo-Stik League Premier club Farsley Celtic made it nine points from nine as they overcame Nantwich Town on Saturday at Throstle Nest, with a second half brace from James Walshaw securing the victory.

Farsley manager Adam Lakeland said post-match: “We came into the game having achieved back-to-back victories on the road so we were eager to follow that up with another win at the Nest and we’re delighted with the three points from the game.

“It was a difficult encounter against a Nantwich team which despite recent league results, have some good players within their team so as always we expected a tough game, but in the end we deserved the win.”

Looking at the opening 45 minutes, which saw the sides go in level at 0-0 at the break, Lakeland reflected: “The first half was frustrating, with the wind playing a part and we struggled to get any pattern to our play which didn’t allow us to really control the game. Whilst I didn’t think we were great in that first period, I never felt like they troubled us either. They had some good possession, but I only recall Graeme McKibbin making one save down to his left. It’s important that when you aren’t quite at the races in an offensive sense, that defensively you are solid and I felt we were today with the clean sheet being really pleasing.”

He added: “At half-time we spoke about trying to be better with the ball, building the play from the back and generally to raise our intensity both with and without the ball. I thought we were the better team from start to finish in the second half and once we went in-front I always felt we would go on and extend our lead. We had chances to do so before James Walshaw scored his second, with the keeper saving to his left from Luke Parkin and again tipping his free-kick onto the crossbar, plus Wally missed a tap in really, but it bobbled up and he put it wide. However, his second goal was an excellent individual effort, showing strength and persistence to pin the defender, roll him and then great composure to chip the ‘keeper. Wally was excellent in the second half and in the close games when you need to make the chances count we have the best in the league in my opinion.”

Looking ahead the Celts boss said: “We are on a good little run with three wins in a row and the County Cup on Tuesday against Knaresborough is a welcome distraction for us in a competition we want to win. We may rest a couple, but we will field a strong team and try to keep our winning run going before we go into a tough game in the league this coming Saturday at Lancaster City”.

Robert Winterbottom

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