Two second half goals from Ashley Worsfold saw Parkgate come from behind to take the bragging rights in the local derby at Green Lane with a narrow 2-1 victory over Dinnington Town, but it was hard on the visitors who were well worth a share of the spoils.
It saw the Steelmen hold onto their two-point lead at the top of the Premier Division but they were made to work extremely hard by a Town side battling to stay in the division and whom on this showing have every reason to be optimistic that they can avoid the drop.
Dinnington made a bright start and took a deserved lead on 16 minutes with a low Matt Arnault drive that skimmed across the wet surface beating keeper James Jenkinson’s late dive.
The home side tried to impose some authority with Nathan Swindells firing straight a Luke Hands in the Dinnington goal; while Andy Sykes did well to block a Luke Fletcher effort then Worsfold broke free but could only find the side netting.
Town though went close to doubling their lead just before the break when Liam Allott forced Jenkinson into a fine save.
Swindells put another opening well wide at the start of the second period before Jenkinson twice came to the Steelmen’s rescue in quick succession, firstly brilliantly tipping an Arnault drive over the crossbar following a superb run, then again denying the Dinnington striker with another excellent save on 55 minutes.
However, within a minute Parkgate were back on level terms when Swindells cut inside before laying the ball off for Worsfold to slot home.
With the game finally balanced it was the Steelmen that grabbed all three-points with just nine minutes remaining with James Gaichem creating the opening for Worsfold to tuck a shot under Hands
Maltby Main produced a superb performance to stretch their unbeaten league run to 11 games with a 3-1 win at Pickering Town.
Chris Wood gave the Miners a 12th minute lead from the penalty spot following a push on Daniel Jones. The Pikes levelled through Lyle Hillier before the break but Wood restored Maltby lead two minutes after the interval after turning one way then the other on the edge of the box before curling a fine 18-yard effort into the top corner. Greg Mason added the third on 54 minutes with a simple finish after the keeper had made a hash of his clearance.
It’s just one defeat in five for improving Armthorpe Welfare after what was possibly their best performance of the season saw them beat high-riding Winterton Rangers 3-1 at Church Street. Leo Fortune-West gave Welfare a 29th minute lead stabbing the ball home from close range after a corner had been headed back across goal. Fortune-West then doubled his and Armthorpe’s tally heading in on 51 minutes from a pin-point corner.
It was from another corner that Des Bennett’s men sealed the points on 67 minutes this time James Walker’s in-swinging flag kick evading everyone to nestle in the back of the Rangers net. The visitors did manage to pull one back 11 minutes from time with a contentious penalty converted by Jack Cross after what appeared to be no more than an accidental collision.
Staveley Miners Welfare remain two points clear at the top of Division One and with two games in hand after a 3-0 win over Eccleshill United at Inkersall Road that in all probability ended the visitors slim promotion hopes.
Recent new signing Jordan Eagers broke the deadlock on 57 minutes with a crisp low drive after Staveley had dominated the opening 45 minutes. Eccleshill manager Ian Banks was sent away from the technical area after arguing with the officials after feeling there had been a foul in the build up to the goal. There was no doubt about Eagers second though six minutes later, a cracking 25-yard drive into the top corner. Joseph Thornton put the gloss on the performance with the third in stoppage time with an audacious 50-yard lob after spotting the keeper off his line.
Jason Stokes bagged a hat-trick to help Rossington Main to their first home league win of the season beating Teversal 5-2. Willie McGhie opened the scoring from 18-yards on 28 minutes before Stokes scored the first of his treble on 48 minutes with a fine volley then drilled in his second with a low drive across the keeper before converting a 68th minute penalty for the third. Teversal rallied pulling two goals back in three minutes late on but Jake Vernon volleyed home goal number five two minutes into time added on.
Steve Kenworthy hit a late winner as AFC Emley beat promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries 3-2 to make it three league wins on the trot. Alex Barnes and Steve Kenworthy gave Emley a 2-0 lead at the break but Collieries fought back after the interval with Nick Handley reducing the deficit on 55 minutes. Former Stocksbridge striker Carl Fothergill looked to have earned the visitors a point with an 84th minute leveller but Kenworthy struck with his second sixty-seconds later to give Emley the verdict.
Fourth-placed Askern Villa saw their promotion hopes hit with a 2-1 defeat at Shirebrook Town despite piling on the pressure in the final 12 minutes after Jay Rollins had pulled one back. Brodsworth Welfare gave promotion chasing Louth United a fright when Chris Sharp tapped in to give the visitors a 29th minute lead. It raised hopes of a first win of the season for the bottom club. However, Louth hit back to score twice after the break to run out narrow 2-1 winners.
Tuesday - League Cup Second Round: Barton Town OB v Hallam.
Premier Division: Dinnington Town v Scarborough Athletic, Long Eaton United v Armthorpe Welfare, Parkgate v Winterton Rangers.
Division One: Rossington Main v Grimsby Borough, Staveley MW v AFC Emley
Wednesday - League Cup Third Round: Maltby Main v Handsworth.
Division One: Appleby Frodingham v Askern Villa.