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Stourbridge 1-2 Farsley Celtic - Match Report

By Steven Coney

Stour were made to rue missed chances as they fell to defeat to FARSLEY CELTIC at Amblecote.

The Glassboys recovered from a goal almost half-way through the first 45 minutes by equalising immediately.

But a Farsley strike less than a minute after the restart proved to be the difference as our first-time visitors left with the three points.

Assistant boss Jon Ford, managing in absence of Gary Hackett, stuck with the same side that put in a much-improved performance against Shaw Lane just over a week ago.

Stour started well and were on the front foot for the first quarter of an hour. Tom Tonks chipped a good ball into the box, Leon Broadhurst tried to chest the ball down and went to ground in the penalty area but the referee was unmoved.

Farsley struggled to pose much of a threat early on but they took a surprise lead in the 19th minute.

Broadhurst was caught on the ball 30-yards out, Nathan Turner fed Ben Atkinson on the right-hand side of the penalty area and his swerving effort deceived young keeper Harry Beasley and flew into the net.

Stour were behind for only a minute, however, as Luke Benbow controlled a throw-in from Tonks on the left, and his shot on the turn from 15-yards out took a deflection before nestling in the far corner.

Benbow went close again in the 28th minute, forcing a good low save from Farsley keeper Graeme McKibbin but the visitors then had a decent spell of pressure.

Aris Christophorou did brilliantly to block an Atkinson shot before Stour went down the other end. Benbow looked to latch onto a ball through but his touch was too heavy and that allowed keeper McKibbin to race out and get something on the ball as the duo collided.

Neither side really did enough in the first half to warrant being ahead but disaster struck for the Glassboys just 45 seconds after the interval.

Farsley broke down the right, a cross found striker Nathan Cartman in the box and despite Beasley pushing his header onto the post, the ball Kindly fell to Isaac Baldwin who tapped home from very close range.

Again, Stour responded and should have been level in the 52nd minute. Luke Shearer, seemingly going nowhere in the penalty area, was brought down by a rash Turner tackle and the referee pointed to the spot.

Unfortunately for the Glassboys, Benbow’s spot-kick was well saved by McKibbin down low to his right.

Stour huffed and puffed for the rest of the match but it wasn’t until the introduction of Chris Lait that an equaliser looked likely.

Benbow curled a free-kick on the edge of the box high and wide and Stour then had the ball in the net ten minutes from time through Stuart Pierpoint but the referee had blown for a foul on keeper McKibbin.

The Farsley keeper had to be alert to stop Broadhurst’s shot on the turn late on before Lait flashed a 20-yarder just over as Stour ran out of time.

The Glassboys are at home again this Saturday when Buxton will be the visitors to the War Memorial Ground.

Skipper Paul McCone video reaction

Stourbridge (4-3-3): Beasley; Westlake, McCone, Pierpoint, Christophorou (Antonio 82); Gater, Tonks, Broadhurst; Shearer; Benbow, Anderson (Lait 68). Subs not used: Hall, Cooke, Evans.

Attendance: 402


We have a double-header coming up next against Buxton, with the Bucks visiting us next Saturday, 17th February, and Stour then making the reverse journey to the Peak District a week later, Saturday 24th February. Both matches kick-off at 3.00 pm and travel details for the away game will be announced shortly.


The Youth Team are at home to Wednesfield this Wednesday, 14th February, in a Worcestershire County Youth Cup Quarter-Final tie (7.45 pm kick-off).

The league game against Alvechurch, originally scheduled for this date, will now be played another time.

Our Academy youngsters do not play again until Wednesday, 28th February when they will entertain Boldmere St Michaels (2.00 pm kick-off).


The Glassgirls travel to Coventry Development next Sunday, 18th February for a West Midlands League fixture (2.00 pm kick-off). Their next home game is on Sunday 4th March, also against Coventry Development.


Monday 12th February

STOURBRIDGE 1-2 Farsley Celtic

Tuesday 13th February

Altrincham v Shaw Lane
Lancaster City v Ashton United
Matlock Town v Rushall Olympic
Warrington Town v Stalybridge Celtic

Updated 14:09 - 18 Feb 2018 by Nigel Gregg

Where next?

Coleshill Town 2 Stourbridge 3 Debutant Edilson Antonio scored a late winner as Stourbridge edged through to the semi-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Senior Cup Semi-Final date confirmed Stourbridge will host Nuneaton Borough in the Birmingham Senior Cup Semi-Final on MONDAY, 11TH MARCH - kick-off 7-45 pm.

Sat 23 Feb
1st Team Tamworth
League 15:00
Sat 2 Mar
1st Team Leiston
League 15:00
Mon 11 Mar
Cup 19:45

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