Saturday 1st February 2014.
EvoStikNPL Division One North.
Line-ups - Farsley - Morgan (GK) , Hardy, Serrant, Daley, Dempsey, Miller, O'Brien (C), Young, Ellington, Savory, James. Subs - Hull, Priestly, Owen,
Grant & Taylor (GK).
Vics - Deasy, Smalley,(Joseph 86') Henry, Schofield, Wisdom(C), Holt,(Amis 68'), Summmerskill, Hadfield, Leadbetter, Burnett, Stott (Clarke 75')
Windy conditions were the order of the day at Throstle Nest as high-flying Farsley were held to a draw by a resurgent Vics side in West Yorkshire. The first ten minutes were somewhat scrappy, with the swirling wind making effective play for both sides very difficult.
The first opportunity came Vics' way though with the busy Jordan Hadfield releasing full-back Chris Smalley into the box and his low driven shot being finger-tipped to safety for a corner. Joe Holt's resulting flag-kick was cleared away by Hardey and the ball was worked upfield to the home side's striker Lee Ellington who shot low past Deasy from twelve yards under heavy pressure from Ryan Schofield.
Vics' equaliser came in the twenty-ninth minute, Summerskill feeding Burnett who in turn sent Stott clean through one-on-one with Farsley's net-minder Tom Morgan, his right-foot blast going into the net via Morgans out-stretched right hand. Farsley hit back almost immediately; hit-man Aiden Savory was fed by O'Brien and he advanced on the Vics' goal and shaped to shoot but the alert Vics' skipper Dan Wisdom made a miraculous last-ditch tackle to block the goal-bound effort.
Vics took the lead in the thirty-seventh minute however; Kevin Leadbetter embarked on a lung-busting run with the ball and his right-foot howitzer from twenty yards was destined for the top corner but Morgan leapt to his left and beat the effort away only for Stott to divert the ball goalwards from a tight angle and the ball crossed the line despite Miller's attempt to clear.
In the next attack following Vics' second goal, Hadfield's searching pass reached Holt who found himself with only the 'keeper to beat, taking the ball round him and firing towards the empty net but Miller poked his effort to away to safety. Half-time came with Vics leading by two goals to one.
The second half started much the same as the first with the wind now getting worse and driving rain now falling. Farsley had a real chance to get back on terms in the 63rd minute, skipper O'Brien firing just wide past an empty net from the far touchline after Vics' custodian Deasy came charging out of his area to collect a loose ball and losing possession.
In the next passage of play in the 64th minute, Gary Burnett spun his marker Ross Daly on the edge of the box, and sent a delightful pass through for strike-partner Ash Stott and a golden chance for his hat-trick - advancing on Morgan, home defender Matt Dempsey made the tackle as Stott shaped to shoot, he stumbled and just about kept his balance and shot straight at Morgan who made the save. Honest play from Stott though, opting to carry on and shoot when there was clear contact with his trailing leg when advancing on the 'keeper.
Farsley's leveller arrived in the 71st minute, sub Adam Priestley cutting in from the right wing and shooting inside Deasys left-hand post from just inside the box, against the run of play. Vics thought they were about to pinch the points in the 88th minute, when Leadbetter's cross-field pass picked out Gary Burnett who controlled the ball brilliantly as he entered the box and struck a screamer of a shot but it was blocked at the last moment by defender Hardey to ensure a share of the spoils for the home side.
Vics' M.O.M - Ashley Stott.
Two-goal salvo and unlucky not to take the match-ball home. Now showing the predatory traits that he is capable of - ever-alert and link-up play with strike partner Gary Burnett looking more promising with each passing game.
Vics' gaffer Lee Ashcroft after the game - '' I am very proud of the team playing in such terrible conditions, I thought we were the better side over the 90 minutes - we created several chances but unfortunately couldn't get the third goal. We can take a lot of positives and confidence from the game; holding a title contender away from home and now look forward to Harrogate at home next Saturday ''
Match report by Jamie Dewsbury.