AKPO SODJE scored the second goal of his Town trial to earn the Reserves a hard-fought draw at Throstle Nest last night.
Town started sloppily and went behind after only four minutes to a quickly-taken free-kick from Matt Smithard.
But the 22-year-old Sodje - striker brother of team captain Efe - put them back on terms eight minutes before the break.
While Town blew hot and cold, it was enough to prod them into taking charge of the second half as Farsley manager Lee Sinnott made a string of changes - including taking off ex-Town hero Jonathan Dyson with 65 minutes on the clock.
Cheered on by members of their their Norwegian supporters branch and Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter (Chastity Dingle), Farsley were unlucky not to take the lead after just 23 seconds as Matthew Bett unleashed a fierce low drive which Phil Senior did brilliantly to beat around his righthand post.
Senior and his defence were still organising themselves, however, when Smithard scored from 20 yards after a foul on the tricky Bett just a few minutes later.
Sodje, who will find out in the next 24 hours (along with fellow trialist Steve Haslam) whether he has a McAlpine future, teed up an early shot for Adnan Ahmed which was rifled just over the bar, but Farsley continued to play well.
Slack marking at a corner allowed Rudi Coleano a free back-post header from which he should have scored, while Roy Stamer fired just over the bar and Dyson had a downward header cleared from near the line by Anthony Lloyd.
Lloyd, in fact, had a part in Town's goal, crossing for John McAliskey to flick the ball into the path of Sodje who, under pressure from a defender, managed to poke the ball into the corner.
Town looked much more solid in the second half with Joe Walsh catching the eye in midfield and Farsley - who have ex-Town man Michael Midwood on their books - were fortunate that Nat Brown, who also played well, couldn't make enough contact with a couple of headers.
Chris Brandon was also unlucky to see a cracking drive tipped over the top as Town stepped up a gear while McAliskey tried his luck from a tight angle with the clock ticking down.