FARSLEY Celtic could not quite match their exploits in the earlier rounds of the FA Trophy, but they pushed another very good Vanarama National League North side all the way, losing 4-3 in a thriller at AFC Telford United.

The hosts will be the ones in tomorrow’s draw for the second round, but Farsley can take a lot from their trip to Shropshire. Manager Adam Lakeland will surely be very proud of his squad for their run in this season’s competition.

Almost a full division separates Telford from Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Farsley, but both sides went at it hammer and tongs at the New Bucks Head in very challenging conditions.

There had been chances for both sides, and the Celts had a penalty appeal turned down, before the home side finally broke the deadlock.

Henry Cowans’ 33rd minute free kick was headed down by Telford skipper Shane Sutton and Daniel Udoh controlled the ball before slotting it past Farsley's keeper Kyle Trenerry.

There were further scares at either end but the visitors went into the interval on level terms after a goal deep into first half stoppage time.

A Luke Parkin corner caused panic in the home defence and Nathan Cartman pounced to turn the ball over the line.

The Bucks edged back ahead just before the hour mark. Ryan Barrett was given space 25 yards from goal and he threaded a shot into the bottom corner.

The home side doubled their lead through substitute Jon Royle in the 75th minute with another shot from distance.

But the Celts were far from finished. Just two minutes later, substitute Jack Dyche headed a Lewis Turner cross past Telford keeper Andy Wycherley.

There was still time for a lot more drama, as Telford restored their two goal cushion after Barnett found Cowans in the area.

Farsley came back again as Dyche planted another header past Wycherley. That was in the penultimate minute, and they could have forced a replay, but Jimmy Spencer fired over in a packed penalty area deep into stoppage time.