FC Halifax Town lost in midweek 2-1 to Farsley Celtic in the quarter finals of the West Riding County Cup at The Citadel.
A second half goal from Matt Rowson wasn’t enough to turn the tide as Nathan Cartman and Ben Atkinson scored for the home side.
Farsley started out the better of the two sides with Dave Syers dragging a shot wide and forcing keeper Will Appleyard into a good save.
Town soon grew into the game, conditions certainly played a part with a heavy wind and rain affecting the pitch and stopping the ball getting over the halfway line.
Town had their best chance of the first half from Jack Redshaw. The striker received the ball back to goal about 20 yards out. Redshaw turned and went looking for the far top right corner, but he hit the post as it slowly started to curl.
10 minutes before the break Farsley took the lead through Cartman. A cross in from the right wing which Town failed to properly clear was out back in for Cartman to knock in at the near post.
Rowson almost gave Town a lift moments before the break. Jerome Binnom-Williams played through a perfect through ball for the young striker to run onto. Rowson was one-on-one with the keeper and his strike hit the post Danny Williams looked to chase it in but his shot was blocked.
The Shaymen started the better of the two sides and it soon paid off. MacDonald again providing a dangerous cross on the right into the corridor of uncertainty and Rowson was there sliding in to bring it back level.
Town pushing forward in now favourable conditions were hit on the counter with Jimmy Spencer crossing low for Atkinson to strike first time past Appleyard.
Captain for the night Josh Staunton almost brought Town level again when his header from a corner was just about tipped over 10 minutes from time.
It finished 2-1 to Farsley who now go onto the semi-final of the West Riding County Cup.
Farsley: Trenerry, B. Atkinson, Hayhurst, Regan, Higgins, Clayton (C), Syers, C. Atkinson (Maltby 82), Francis (Richards 64), Cartman, Parkin (Spencer 64)
Subs: Maltby, Bower, Spencer, Richards, Cogil
Goals: Cartman 36 mins & Atkinson 70 minutes
Yellow: B. Atkinson
FC Halifax Town: W Appleyard, J Hanson, N Maher, J Benn, J Binnom-Williams, J Earing, J Staunton (C), J MacDonald, J Redshaw (J. Taylor 61), D Williams, M Rowson (P.Grooms 79)
Subs: Z Taylor, N Crane, J Taylor, M Smith, P Grooms
Goals: Rowson 52 minutes
Yellow: P Grooms
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