NEW Farsley Celtic boss Adam Lakeland picked up his first win as manager – but he was put through the ringer as the Celts edged a seven-goal thriller at Eccleshill United.

It was an end-to-end friendly but a game that was illuminated by two stunning free-kicks from the home side’s Ben Hardy.

Farsley looked to be cruising to a 3-1 half-time lead before Hardy stunned the visitors.

Last term’s leading scorer James Walshaw had bagged a first half brace for the Celts and close season signing David McDermott scored his first Farsley goal in between.

The Eagles had taken the lead when their skipper Sam Bradley steered home a header to convert Marcus Edwards’ 13th minute corner but their Evo-Stick League Premier Division opponents soon raced away.

They were pegged back when Hardy found the top corner from 20 yards with his first set-piece goal, and then he outdid that a minute later with a 25-yard effort that went in off the underside of the bar.

Gibraltar international Adam Priestley returned to Farsley for a second spell in the close season, and he was the match-winner.

He came on at the start of the second half and showed his agility when he re-adjusted to volley in a cross five minutes from time.

There was another friendly derby as Danny Forrest’s SILSDEN hosted James Bicknell’s CAMPION. The Cobbydalers made home advantage count as they ran out 4-2 winners despite going a goal down.

Lee Bradshaw had put Campion in front midway through the first half but goals from Joe Gaughan and Mark Trueman had the hosts ahead at the interval.

Nicky McNally made it 3-1 before Bradshaw netted his second while Naill Sultan wrapped up the scoring.

THACKLEY’S first friendly game was at former assistant manager Paul Clayton’s Knaresborough Town.

Clayton quit the Dennyboys midway through last term and is now second in command at the North Yorkshire outfit.

The home side took the lead through Will Lenehan after he volleyed home from a knock down following a corner midway through the first half.

Thackley hit back to claim a 1-1 draw when Mike Garrod’s deflected shot early in the second half left the home keeper stranded.

LIVERSEDGE are good value in pre-season and they rattled in six of the best in their second friendly after netting a top ten in their first run out.

Sedge beat Immingham Town 6-4 at Clayborn on Saturday after opening their pre-season with a 10-0 home win over Oakenshaw.

Roy Fogarty hit a brace with Tom Brook, Andy Kenyon, Jake Thompson and Stephen Wales all chipping in.

John Waugh, with a double, Dan Simpson and Stefan Melin replied for the visitors.

BRIGHOUSE TOWN won 3-1 at home on Friday night as they continued their pre-season with a home game against Toolstation Northern Counties East top tier outfit Worksop Town.

Town took the lead through a trialist with the only goal of the first half.

Mitcham Husbands levelled for Worksop but a late brace from Adam Shaw – his second goal from the penalty spot five minutes from time – saw Town through for their win.