Date: Tuesday 31st January 2012 - Kick Off: 19:45
|Garforth Town 0 vs. 1 Farsley FC
West Riding County Cup QF Attendance: 84
Referee – Ian Johnston
The form guide went out of the window this evening as local rivals Garforth Town and Farsley FC went into battle in this highly anticipated West Riding County Cup Quarter Final.
Town Manager Steve Nichol rested 1st choice goalkeeper Ben Higginson and gave young Jack Lonergan a rare start whilst David Brown earned a recall to the starting 11 after his impressive impact as a sub against recent visitors AFC Fylde. There was a return for Garforth Old boy Simeon Bambrook who captained the men in green hoping to get one over his previous team.
After a slight delay, the game kicked off and it was the Miners who flew out of the blocks first as some early pressure was applied by David Brown on the right hand side of midfield resulting in a corner. The corner was capitalised on, cleared and then carried by Dominic Krief of Farsley who returned the pressure. After Garforth settled the game down , Farsley dinked the ball of the back four for the pacey number 10 Gareth Grant on 4 minutes who was brought down by keeper Jack Lonergan on the edge of the 18 yard box and only escaping with a yellow card. Failing to convert the corner, the ball got cleared but sent back and gifting Farley the first shot of the game as Wes Milnes struck the ball but Town got bodies in the way to relieve the pressure.
Paul Walkers shoulder injury didn’t help matters on 7 minutes as he had to be taken off for Matt Mathers. After Garforth broke down a god bit of play from the visitors, Jamie Price played the ball into Captain Ollie Hotchkiss whose long ball into Brown was knocked out for the second corner of the game. Again , Farsley hit back at the home teams attack and give their opponents a couple of scares as defensives errors gifted the ball to Duncan Williams who played through Grant , the striker causing a few early problems , but easily being dispossessed by Darren Kelly and his defence. This was followed up by the attacking threat of Town, with yet another corner. Andy Villerman, Lawrance Hunter and David Brown linking up well on the left side to win the corner. Whipped in by Hotchkiss, the cross caused a problem and after scramble in the box which was cleared, it was sent back in , only to be cleared yet again. On 25 minutes, the intensity went up a gear for both teams with Duncan Williams looking lively in the centre for the away team and Ollie spraying the ball well for his home team. But Farsley had their second shot of the match as Dominic Krief received the ball from the left only to slice it over to the delight of the home fans.
Garforth, however, carved the first clean cut chance of the game on 37 minutes as Mathers glided the ball over the top for Brown, only to squander his one on one with the keeper after a bad first touch. Moments later, both teams had a corner but both symmetrically hit the side netting. The last shot of the half came towards the end as a mistake by the Farsley midfield gave the ball to Hunter who linked up with Brown to play in the over-lapping Hotchkiss, striking the ball against the Farsley defence. After 1 minute of added time, referee Ian Johnston blew the end of the first half on a cold Yorkshire evening.
After emerging from the changing rooms, Farsley made a substitution with Ryan Watson entering the fray, who made an instant impact on 47 minutes as booked keeper Jack Lonergan gave the ball cheaply to Duncan Williams, passing to Williams who released it straight away to captain and former old boy Simeon Bambrook who calmly stroked in a side-footed shot, bent over the keeper. Not the start the home side wanted. As always though, going behind woke Town up and replied with another blocked shot at the other end when Kelly setting up Brown once again. Ollie Hotchkiss had a tight angled shot saved after a corner , won by Mathers , was knocked out only to be delivered straight away by Kelly with the ball finding Ollie who was denied by a good save.
On 65 minutes, Andy Villerman sparked a bit of life in the second half as he struck a right-footed shot which was deflected out for a corner. Lawrance Hunter delivered the ball in deep which was met by the head of Matt Dempsey, who looked in control all game, but again the keeper made a good save. Town won the ball straight away and kept the pressure building by winning yet another corner, only to be punched away sparking a Farsley attack. The impressive Duncan Williams used the ball well, playing a through ball to Gareth Grant who faked his shot, cut inside but had his shot well held by Lonaghan.
On 69 minutes, Josh Radcliffe received a yellow card for kicking the ball away, trying to slow the game down and getting a deserved booing. This booking for slowing the game down with 20 minutes left showed how much Garforth had upped the tempo and again had a shot charged down as Brown weaved in and out of the Farsley team , playing in Ben Small.
Town introduced Ben Thornton into the game in place of Ben Small on 70 minutes. Minutes later, Dave Stead came on for the men in green for Gareth Grant, whose pace had caused problems all game. A different sort of problem happened for referee Ian Johnston who had to deal with both teams on 80 minutes as a late challenge on Ben Thornton caused tempers to flair and some players having to be separated. Adam Muller came off for Ben Jones for Farsley just after the confrontation.
On 83 minutes, Hotchkiss and Jamie Price did well on the right hand side but eventually over-hitting the cross to the despair of the home support. Tireless effort all game on the left hand side meant Lawrance Hunter could run no more and Chris Fisher came on hoping to lift his team towards equalising and maybe going into extra-time. Despite the stylishness of his shirt, it was no go.
Again a Farsley player was booked for time-wasting as Dave Stead received yellow with only 5 minutes left. Ben Thornton passed with precision to Hotchkiss whose shot somehow fell to Brown, only to block for the several time of the game. As Town had everyone forward, Farsley launched a counter and thanks to a goal line clearance from a Stead shot, Town were still in the game.
Chris Walton had a chance for Garforth late on but his shot was sliced and drifted over the Farsley net. Throwing everything but the kitchen sink, Ollie drifted in a free kick from half way and resulted in a corner thanks to miss-communication between the Keeper and the Farsley defence. Town nearly equalised as the away side were still looking shaky but hung on and cleared 2 Garforth shots of the line.
With not long left, a header by Darren Kelly was the chance of the game and was gathered easily by the Farsley keeper to deny Town any hope of an equaliser. Holding on for the final few seconds , Farsley picked up the win and will play either Guiseley AFC or FC Halifax Town in the semi-final. Steve Nichol will pull his Garforth players together and regroup for yet another home game as they play Osset Albion this Saturday.
By James Wade