Parkgate’s hopes of landing the Premier Division title for the first time in the club’s history were dealt a blow with a 2-1 defeat at Long Eaton United as title rivals Farsley AFC and Bridlington Town both won.
The Steelmen slipped to third, seven points behind leaders Farsley with two games in hand and one behind Bridlington in second, who have a game to spare.
Parkgate took the lead from Daniel Cardwell’s corner on 53 minutes when Chris Wood diverted an Ashley Worsfold shot past the keeper for his eighth goal in four games.
The game turned on 70 minutes with a controversial penalty. A United free-kick was pumped towards the edge of the Parkgate box where from some distance away referee Mr Wood spotted an infringement and pointed to the penalty spot, despite protests that the offence been outside the area.
James Jenkinson saved Shaun Rickford’s spot-kick but Long Eaton’s Martin Bowles was first to the rebound to poke home the equaliser. Two minutes when Harry Lord converted a cross to earn the home side all three-points.
Hallam were far from disgraced at title chasing Bridlington Town, who needed a late penalty to secure a 2-0 victory. The Blues looked more solid at the back whilst posing a threat on the break.
It took the hosts until the 42nd minute to breach the Hallam defence when Rob Eeles headed in. Aaron Moxam and Martin Brissett both had efforts well saved as Julian Watts side threatened to snatch a point.
However six minutes from time Craig Hogg hit the second from the penalty spot after a foul by Phil Reynolds, who had an excellent game at the heart of the Blues defence.
Maltby Main picked up their first win in six, 1-0 at home to Lincoln Moorlands Railway. The Miners dominated and Lee Mellon had a powerfully struck free-kick pushed over the bar with the woodwork coming to the visitors rescue just after the break. The winner came on 63 minutes as Rob Branagan turned in Jonathan Brown’s driven cross.
Staveley Miners Welfare are now just six points away from being crowned Division One Champions after a 2-1 home win over Hemsworth Miners Welfare maintained their 11-point lead at the top.
Ryan Damms hit the first after three minutes for his 31st goal of the season. Andy Haywood equalised 15 minutes later with a quickly taken free-kick but Staveley hit the winners three minutes after the interval, Andy Fox pouncing to flick in the rebound after a Tom Jones free-kick had struck the post .
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic are without a home win in seven after slipping 2-1 against Barton Town Old Boys. Simon Spence gave the visitors a fifth minute lead with Gareth Barlow adding the second. Worsbrough pulled one back on 77 minutes when Adam Podmore headed in after his initial effort had been blocked by the keeper. In a frantic finish Rob Ward hit the post, while only a superb save denied Craig Marsh from a header as Barton clung on.
AFC Emley stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a 1-0 victory over Teversal at the Welfare ground where Steve Kenworthy scored.
Askern Villa romped to a 4-1 win at in-form Glasshoughton Welfare, who had won the last seven. Tom McLaughlin headed Villa in front, Daniel Ferguson grabbed the second from the penalty spot, Michael Evans made it 3-0 and although former Stocksbridge striker Carl Fothergill pulled one back just past the hour. McLaughlin hooked home his second and Villa’s fourth 18 minutes from time to seal the points.
Rossington Main slipped to a first defeat in nine games as Louth United grabbed a late winner in a 3-2 victory at Oxford Street. Danny Kilmore put the visitors in front on a 28 minutes but Rossington hit back to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
Liam Charlton volleyed home the equaliser from a Carl Hastie cross on 39 minutes before curling in a fine second from the edge of the box three minutes later. Louth hit back to level through ex-Armthorpe striker Bruno Holden seven minutes into the second half with Jack Debnam grabbing the winner with two minutes to spare after beating the offside trap. Brodsworth Welfare went down 2-1 at Leeds Carnegie but had the satisfaction of scoring the goal of the game, skipper Josh Copeland lobbing the Leeds keeper from 30-yards in time added on.
TUESDAY - Premier Div: Parkgate v Liversedge. Div One: Worsbrough v Hemsworth MW.
WEDNESDAY - Div One: Appleby Frodingham v Staveley MW, Handsworth v Eccleshill U.
THURSDAY - Premier Div: Hallam v Hall Road Rangers.