Steelmen return to top of the league

Will Senior, Parkgate Captain.'Scored all three goals in their 3-1 F.A. Cup win at Staveley.
Will Senior, Parkgate Captain.'Scored all three goals in their 3-1 F.A. Cup win at Staveley.
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With many games in the top flight postponed due top frozen pitches including leaders Farsley AFC’s game against Hall Road Rangers at Throstle Nest, Parkgate took full advantage to go back to the top of the table with a hard earned 2-0 win at Arnold Town.

The Steelmen scored either side of the interval to go two points clear with games in hand.

But they were thankful for some fine saves from goalkeeper James Jenkinson as Doug Shelley’s men were made to work hard by an Arnold side scrapping for points at the other end of the table.

Parkgate almost got off to a perfect start when inside the first minute Janni Lipka put a free header wide from a Danny Cardwell long throw.

Jenkinson though was soon in action pushing a dangerous Luke Smithson cross over the crossbar then the keeper did well again diving to his right to push out Philip Buxton’s 22-yard volley.

Parkgate began to settle and weren’t far away from making the breakthrough when Nathan Swindells goal bound effort was deflected agonisingly wide.

However, four minutes before the break the Steelmen had the lead from a familiar route.

Cardwell’s long throws are proving a useful weapon in Parkgate’s armoury and when the fullback launched another into the Arnold penalty box Will Senior out jumped the defence to head home.

The hosts though should have been level on the stroke of half time when they were awarded a contentious penalty but Tony Law skied the resultant spot kick high over the bar.

Jenkinson made another excellent save seven minutes after the interval diving bravely at the feet of Law after the Arnold striker had broke clear.

Parkgate gave themselves some breathing space with the second goal on 57 minutes. Ashley Worsfold broke clear down the left and although his shot was saved by the legs of keeper Lance Walker the ball bounced invitingly up in the air for Keir Hannity to head home.

Worsfold was again denied by a fine save from Walker as Parkgate looked to wrap up the points but the home side were still showing brave resistance and it took another good save by Jenkinson with his legs to prevent Town pulling one back, while at the other end his opposite number did well to parry away a late Swindells 35-yard free-kick.

Tuesday: Premier Division: Dinnington Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Liversedge v Armthorpe Welfare. Division One: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Bottesford Town.

Presidents Cup Second Round: Farsley AFC v AFC Emley.

Wednesday: Premier Division: Winterton Rangers v Parkgate.Division One: Brodsworth Welfare v Yorkshire Amateur.