Matt Dempsey nets at both ends for Farsley

Cammell Laird 2, Farsley 3

Farsley’s third place in Evo-Stik League Division One North was never under threat as they picked up maximum points from their trip to the Mersey estuary despite a late Cammell Laird goal.

Matt Dempsey put through his own net in the last minute of what was, for him, an eventful game. The centre back had earlier scored at the right end to give Neil Parsley’s men a 2-0 lead midway through the first half.

Parsley said: “It’s a pleasing win because Cammell Laird is always a difficult place to go to.

“But if there ever is a comfortable 3-2 win then this was it. It was disappointing to concede in the last minute but there was never going to be a comeback.

“I think the scoreline is misleading but that doesn’t matter as three points is three points and I’m happy with that because it keeps our good run going and keeps us in the hunt for promotion.”

Aiden Savory had been on the end of the first chance Farsley created but a swing and a miss left him frustrated, although the striker was not down for long as he converted Aaron Hardy’s 17th-minute cross with a well-placed header.

Dempsey fired in the visitors’ second with a good finish after a corner from skipper Rob O’Brien was not cleared.

Farsley took that lead into the break but Cammell Laird pegged one back through Craig Cairns ten minutes after the interval.

A good run from O’Brien and the persistence of Lee Ellington led to the latter player restoring Farsley’s two-goal cushion in the 66th minute.

But Dempsey sent a looping header past his own keeper Tom Morgan while attempting to clear a late cross.

Farsley remain third as most of their promotion rivals also won. There is now a six-point gap between them and the club just outside the play-off zone but Farsley have played more games than the rest of the top eight.

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