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Farsley comeback too little too late
Kendal Town 3 Farsley 2
Farsley put in a good second-half fightback after an error-strewn first 45 minutes but they still exited the FA Trophy at the preliminary round stage.
It was a difficult draw as Neil Parsley’s men had to visit one of their promotion rivals in the Evo-Stik Division One North. The fact that Farsley had lost the recent league meeting at Kendal 3-0 was another psychological advantage for the Cumbrian outfit.
History seemed to be repeating itself as Kendal raced into a three-goal lead with just over half an hour gone.
Darren Green gave the home side an 11th-minute lead and Jack Smith doubled that midway through the half before Green netted his second strike.
Farsley kicked into gear six minutes after the break when Lee Ellington netted a real poacher’s finish.
When Marc Thompson scored a fine goal to convert Ryan Serrant’s cross there were still 21 minutes left but the visitors failed to snatch a replay.
Parsley said: “The comeback was almost completed but there are no excuses because if you defend like we did in the first half you cannot expect to win football matches.
“I actually thought we were the better side throughout the game but the first half was so bad defensively that we left ourselves far too much to do.
“Defensive frailties and individual errors in that period killed us off.
“We gifted them goals on a plate and that handed the tie to Kendal.
“In the second half we spread the ball about and played well.
“The players moved well on and off the ball but it was a little bit too late by then.”
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