Farsley Celtic 0 Warrington Town 2

A goal in each half eased second-placed Warrington Town to victory at Throstle Nest but crucially for Farsley Celtic, they remain in the top five, holding on to the last play-off place with just three games remaining.

The top three clubs all won but the teams immediately above and below Farsley were both held to draws while seventh-placed Witton Albion lost at home to Stafford Rangers.

Like Farsley, the visitors had also played on the previous Thursday but they played the entire game in top gear, chasing down, running and challenging every second ball.

The Celts also started well but the Yellows broke the deadlock midway through the first half as Celts' keeper Graeme McKibbin made a rare error.

Will Hayhurst, who had signalled his intention to shoot on sight five minutes earlier, lashed in a 20 yard shot that went through the keeper’s arms as he dived to his left.

Farsley boss Adam Lakeland changed his formation to go in search of an equaliser but his skipper Danny Ellis jarred his knee when landing after heading clear. After almost two minutes of treatment, the centre back was substituted.

Kurt Harris came on, and Lakeland’s plans were set for another overhaul.

The home side continued to compete but the visitors continued to press in every area of the pitch. They plundered a second goal nine minutes into the second half – yet again with a strike from distance.

Yellows’ midfielder Sean Williams set himself before curling a shot from 25 yards that beat McKibbin on his right hand post. Farsley never gave up on the game and even had two good chances in stoppage time but to no avail.

Lakeland said, “I didn’t think there was much in the game to be honest but they were better than us on the day.

“The schedule the league has given us has been punishing and we have a small squad and have some players out injured and some playing with knocks.

"It’s been the same for Warrington and they played on Thursday at Whitby so for them to come here and play as they did says a lot about them – fair play to both sets of players really.

“We’ve lost the game but I’m not going to criticise my players. To have played five games in such a short space of time and to have taken ten points has been a tremendous effort.”