Farsley AFC 2-2 Albion Sports
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Match Photos are HEREFarsley AFC chief Neil Parsley is hoping that he can use the ground-share with Albion Sports to search the Northern Counties East League for new talent to bolster his side.
Division One champions Albion will play their 2012-13 matches at Throstle Nest having left Horsfall Stadium at the end of last season.The two teams met last night in a pre-season friendly which finished 2-2 and Parsley is looking forward to a positive relationship between the two clubs.
Albion have already taken young full-back Tom Dugdale on a dual registration form from Farsley and Parsley said: “It is all part of Duggie’s growing-up into being a player. We had a chat with him last week and couldn’t see him forcing his way in to starting at the start of the season.
“It is important he plays now and Albion have been able to offer him that.“We could see other Farsley players playing for Albion and I’d like to think that if Pav touched upon a player he thought could play at a higher standard then he’d pass that information on.
|Albion Sports head coach Pav Singh|
“They speak regularly and discuss things.“It works both ways and I also know that there is going to be a decent standard game on at Farsley when we’re not playing.
“I’ll be looking at games down here running the rule over players that we may be able to step up.”
Parsley has signed one NCEL player in Paddy Miller this summer. Miller was part of Scarborough Athletic’s Premier Division title-winning squad.
Farsley took the lead midway through the first half. Striker Lee Ellington rolled back the years with a brilliantly taken free kick from the edge of the box.
However, the underdogs refused to throw the towel in and it was Dugdale who upset the applecart by equalising three minutes into the second half. An initial Albion free kick was saved and Dugdale tapped home the rebound from a few yards out. He couldn’t miss.
The Albion goalkeeper Aaron Brain kept his side in the game as Farsley piled the pressure on. But, the Villagers couldn’t score and Albion snatched the lead with 12 minutes to go. Gary Sunderland was brought down in the box and popular locally acclaimed referee Marc Lumley had no choice but to award the penalty.Long-serving Asif Hussain was the penalty taker and he sent Tom Morgan the wrong way.
The bragging rights looked set to go to Albion until Farsley snatched a draw late-on. Aiden Savory crossed and Steve Mallory blasted the equaliser past Brain.Farsley AFC: Lofthouse (Morgan HT), Lloyd, Serrant (Miller (HT), Grant (O’Brien HT), Riley (B Middleton HT), Liburd, Hull, Young, Ellington (Mallory HT), Savory, Thompson (Moke 59).
Albion Sports: Brain, Holmes, Hussain, Dugdale, Stansfield, Brown, Bleau, Flaherty, Hall, Facey, William. Subs: Flynn, Sunderland, Sides.Referee: M Lumley (Woodlesford)