This clash between two aspiring promotion contenders ended, perhaps predictably, as a draw, with both sides dropping an invaluable two points as a result.

It could, however, be regarded as a point each gained as one of their rivals, Lancaster City, slipped to a defeat on the same night, as the challenge for a top five spot hots up.

This was a game where both defences came out on top, with clear-cut chances at a premium, and both goals coming from long-range.

Farsley started the brighter with Simeon Bambrook heading a left-wing cross over the bar in the fourth minute.

The visitors took the lead after just ten minutes when Robbie Oโ€™Brien took a chance from 30 yards, as he latched on to a loose ball to fire an unstoppable volley in by the far post.

A cross fom Matty James proved just too high for the stretching Aiden Savory, whilst Savory was inches off target having been threaded through by Bambrook, who saw his free-kick from 25 yards minutes later,sail wide.

At this point, the visitors were in command, with very little being seen of the Rams forward line.

Gradually the home side began to assert themselves, with defender Danny Warrender looking the most likely to snatch an equaliser. He headed over an Owen Roberts corner before racing for goal and planting his shot from outside the area just wide of the target.

Lee Gaskell was inches away from heading home a perfectly flighted cross from Joel Pilkington before a Phil Dean snapshot fell straight into the arms of Tom Morgan in the Farsley goal.

The visitors trooped off with a deserved interval lead having stifled the Rams normal expansive game with some quick closing down and a determination to put their promotion challenge back on track after a recent inconsistent run.

The second half saw the pendulum swing more to the home side.

Billy Priestley headed a Gary Stopforth free-kick high over the bar, and substitute Jordan Hulme took the ball down well in the area but Morgan was equal to his effort.

Hulme then won the race with Morgan on the left hand side of the area, but as he scooped the ball goalwards, he was unfortunate to see it cleared off the line.

Moments later, on 74 minutes, parity was restored.

Some clever footwork from Grant Spencer saw him skip along the edge of the box before playing a one-two with Gary Stopforth, and then firing home a firm drive from the edge of the area.

It was just reward for a more determined second half performance from the Rams, but the visitors almost snatched a late winner when the ever-dangerous Savory found space in the box only to watch on as Martin Fearon in the home goal did just enough to deflect his attempt inches wide of the far post.

Right at the death Savory again went close, but another deflection took the ball the wrong side of the upright, and the final whistle sounded with the honours even.

The sides meet again in west Yorkshire next week, and on this showing, another close encounter can be expected as the race for the play-offs could well stretch to the final Saturday of the season.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Fearon, Pilkington, Roberts, Stopforth, Warrender(Krou 65mins), Priestley, Smalley, Burton, Gaskell, Howson(Hulme 65mins), Dean(Spencer 65mins). Subs not used: Green, Pugh

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