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Parkgate will feel disappointed not to have finished the job off in extra-time after coming from 3-1 then 4-2 down to level at 4-4 in normal time against visitors Bacup from the North West Counties Premier Division.

The Steelmen had gone behind in the FA Vase first round qualifying tie in the eighth minute in a moment goalkeeper Declan Howard will want to forget.

The shot-stopper miskicked as he went to clear the ball, leaving Artjoms Butorins with the simple task of scoring into the empty net.

It certainly looked like it wasn’t Parkgate’s day when they went 2-0 down in the 22nd minute.

After the home side had lost possession in midfield the ball was fired across the area where defender Matty Plant could only turn the ball into his own net as he tried to clear.

Four minutes later the Steelmen were back in the tie, Jamie Hopkins doing well on the right to create space for a cross that Scott Whittington jubilantly swept home.

However, just past the half hour mark the visitors restored their two-goal cushion when Parkgate conceded a soft penalty that saw Daniel Cocks put Bacup 3-1 up as he sent Howard the wrong way.

There was a scare for Parkgate at the start of the second half when Matt Bryan looked sure to put the visitors further ahead.

But to the relief of the home side he headed over the bar when he should have done better.

Having rode their luck the Steelmen pulled one back on 48 minutes, Simon Mirfin getting on the end of Scott Lowe’s free-kick from deep to volley home.

As in the first period, having just got back in the tie, Parkgate soon found themselves two goals behind once more, conceding a soft goal on 66 minutes when Howard allowed Aaron Kirk’s shot to slip through his hands.

At 4-2 it looked like being enough to book the visitors place in the next round.

However, Steve Adams’ team had other ideas as George Morley’s acrobatic overhead kick had them back in the tie with 15 minutes still left.

Then just as it seemed Bacup would hang on, Morley came up trumps again on 85 minutes with a fine strike that was all of his own making.

Parkgate: Declan Howard, Alex Cavanagh, Scott Lowe, Reece Wesley, Matthew Plant, Andy Dawson, Gregg Mason, Simon Mirfin, Jamie Hopkins, George Morley, Scott Whittington. Subs: Luke Beedham, Scott Ellis, Ashley Emson, Elliott Simpson, Ben Langford

Parkgate successfully came through the replay, winning 4-2 on penalties after it finished goalless following 90 minutes and extra-time.

They went through after goalkeeper Declan Howard made the crucial penalty save.

The Steelmen now travel to Bootle in the first round on Saturday, October 1.