Football: Scott lands knockout blow in Parkgate win

Scott Preece
Scott Preece

Goals from an impressive Matthew Reay and in-form Scott Whittington gave Parkgate a 2-0 victory over out-of-sorts Glasshoughton Welfare last weekend.

Parkgate, hoping to avoid a third successive defeat, battled hard for the victory, earned on a difficult pitch with poor weather conditions.

The early stages of the game were quite tense, with Oliver Graham on the receiving end of two heavy challenges.

On 17 minutes, Parkgate went ahead when Matt Reay, whose brother David was in goal, scored his first goal for the club.

Andy Dawson was fouled just inside the Welfare half, and Reay met the resulting free-kick from Scott Preece to put his side 1-0 ahead.

Joe Slater had a David Beckham-esque effort from the halfway line easily saved by Welfare goalkeeper Paul Hagreen, who was unchallenged as efforts from Preece and Daniel Abdulla sailed wide before the half-time whistle was blown.

Parkgate made a dream start to the second half, when they went 2-0 up just moments after the restart.

The away side were awarded a free kick five yards from the corner flag, and Preece again curled a precise free kick into the penalty area where Scott Whittington bravely rose to nod the ball home from eight yards out.

Five minutes later, Whittington was replaced by George Morley after being knocked unconscious by a defender’s clearance.

n Welfare: Hagreen, Donnelly, Prudhoe, Tuck, Chappell, McCrumb, Beaston, Corley, Ward, Serreoa, Headley. Subs: Low, Curtis, Sunley, Hickey.

n Parkgate: D Reay, Langford, Bond, Wragg (capt), M Reay, Dawson, Slater, Abdulla, Whittington, Graham, Preece. Subs: Simpson, Mason, Morley, Lowe.