Parkgate try again after eight-goal Vase thriller

Parkgate's Simon Mirfin outpaces Bacup & Rossendale Borough FC's Arron Kirk in the FA Vase
Parkgate's Simon Mirfin outpaces Bacup & Rossendale Borough FC's Arron Kirk in the FA Vase
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There was plenty of success for the region’s teams in the FA Vase second qualifying round.

Worksop Parramore, Staveley MW, Armthorpe Welfare, and Athersley Recreation all made it through to the next round.

Parkgate have a second bite of the cherry after coming from 3-1 and 4-2 down to draw 4-4 following extra-time against Bacup & Rossendale Borough at Green Lane with goals from Scott Whittington, Simon Mirfin and a George Morley double.

Parramore eased past Division One side Hemsworth MW 4-0. Callum Ward finally broke the visitors stubborn resistance seven minutes before the break. Ryan Johnson extended the lead on 54 minutes after a scramble before Lee Whittington took his tally to nine for the season with a brace put the result beyond doubt.

Staveley MW came from behind to edge out NWC side Ashton Athletic 3-2 at Inkersall Road. The visitors took a seventh minute lead but their joy was cut short when five minutes later Jordan Turner fired home the equaliser.

Turner then put Staveley ahead on 23 minutes with a left foot shot from the edge of the box. Josh Scully then curled a fine free-kick into the top corner seven minutes into the second half for what proved to be the winner as Ashton pulled one back 14 minutes from time. The game ended on a sour note when two Ashton players were sent off along with the Miners Jake Vernon following a late melee.

Athersley Recreation had their tie all but wrapped up inside the opening 13 minutes at home to Northwich Flixton Villa as goals from Kieron Scargill Jason Bentley and Lee Bennett had the home side 3-0 up. Joe Thornton added a fourth five minutes before the break before completing the scoring with the fifth midway through the second half.

Jay Rollins hit a hat-trick as Armthorpe Welfare progressed 4-1 at Premier Division rivals Glasshoughton Welfare. Rollins struck twice inside the opening 18 minutes to put Armthorpe in control. Glasshoughton threatened a fightback when Joel Freestone pulled on back on 77 minutes. But Kieran Benson’s bullet header restored the two-goal cushion before Rollins completed his treble with five minutes to spare.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic went out 2-0 at Cheadle Town, while Dinnington Town’s poor season continued with a 4-2 exit at NWC strugglers Rochdale Town.

Rossington Main also went, out beaten 2-1 at home by West Didsbury & Chorlton. Adam Wisdom looked to have forced extra-time with an 88th minute equaliser only for the visitors to snatch the winner deep into stoppage time.

Hallam saw their winless run stretch to nine games in all competitions following a 3-1 defeat at Bottesford Town. Jake Bradbury had given the Countrymen a 20th minute lead only for the host to hit back with three goals inside the last 14 minutes.

Dronfield Town picked up their first win of the season, beating Hall Road Rangers 3-2 away with goals from Danny Wood and a Callum Mawby double.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce went top of Division One after coming from behind to beat Yorkshire Amateur with goals from Ashley Flynn and Luke Danville, while AFC Emley won 4-0 at Appleby Frodingham after parting company with manager Darren Hepworth.

Retford United moved to the top of the Premier Division after a Lee Holmes goal earned them a 1-1 draw at Tadcaster Albion and Brian Cusworth scored a hat-trick as Maltby Main won 5-1 at Nostell MW, Rob Branagan with the other two.

* Parkgate v Bacup and Rossendale is Grass Roots’ match of the day in The Star on Friday.