Lions and Celts Share Spoils in Boxing Day Derby Thriller

Having taken an early lead, the Lions had to come from behind to grab a share of the spoils with a spirited second half performance at a windswept Nethermoor this afternoon. Read how in our match report sponsored by

The Lions starting line-up had an unfamiliar look about it as Chukwudalu Molokwu was given his first senior start in place of the suspended Hamza Bencherif and John Lufudu replaced Milan Butterfield.

Farsley were first to threaten early on when Brad Wade uncharacteristically spilled the ball, and then redeemed himself with two point blank saves in quick succession to deny the visitors the lead.

But it was Guiseley who drew first blood as George Cantrill broke from defence and fed Felix down the right hand channel for the striker to advance and lift the ball over the on-rushing Steve Drench on eight minutes.

The Farsley equaliser came from a typical measured clearance from Drench on 23 minutes that floated over Cantrill for Parkin to latch on to and as he turned Molowku in the area the young defender tripped him and Will Hayhurst sent Wade the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.

Wade was then alert to deny Carl Johnson who had again got in behind the Lions defence.

Celt’s second goal when came from a ball wide on the right that was whipped in and had Andrai Jones unsuccessfully appealing for offside while Hayhurst sneaked in behind him at the back post to smash the ball past Wade on 29 minutes.

Brad Nicholson replaced Molokwu on the restart to add some resilience to the back line and provide the platform for The Lions to take the game to the visitors.

Now playing with cohesion and showing a gritty determination it was no surprise when Nathan Newall netted a deserved equaliser on 66 minutes with a low shot into the corner from twenty yards out that left Drench rooted to the spot.

In a rare attack, Hayhurst had a great chance to restore Farsley’s lead but blasted over the bar from ten yards out.

The home side were exerting some meaningful pressure as Farsley struggled to get out of their own half and both Wafula and Felix went close to grabbing the winner.

But in the final twist and with the clock ticking down The Celts swept forward and hit the upright before Wade made a great stop from the follow-up to keep the scores level.

Match images below


  1. Brad Wade
  2. Isaac Currie (Johnson 61′)
  3. George Cantrill
  4. John Lufudu
  5. Chukwudalu Molokwu (Nicholson 45’)
  6. Andrai Jones
  7. Kaine Felix
  8. Lebrun Mbeka
  9. Jon Wafula
  10. Josh Parsons (Haw 79’)
  11. Nathan Newall


12 Brad Nicholson
14 Mark Howarth
15 Miracle Okafor
16 Gabriel Johnson
17 Adam Haw


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