A TITLE chasing team is often measured on the results they produce when out of sorts as much as when they steamroller the opposition.
So Parkgate’s chances look strong based on the manner which they took all three points from the derby with Dinnington Town at Green Lane.
Recovering from the midweek defeat at Winterton Rangers which hampered their hopes with so many of the chasing pack having several games in hand, the Steelmen snatched a 2-1 win against a Dinnington side who deserved a point at least.
Dinnington looked the better in the opening stages and deservedly took the lead on 16 minutes.
Matthew Arnault cut inside across the box and skimmed a low effort off the wet surface which James Jenkinson dived far too late for and could only watch hit the back of the net.
Parkgate tried to gain a little composure but did not have a true effort on goal until the half hour when Ashley Worsfold played a fine through ball to Nathan Swindell who could only fire at the aptly named Dinnington stopper Luke Hands.
The chances increased in frequency for the hosts with Luke Fletcher seeing a long range effort blocked by Andy Sykes while Worsfold only managed to find the side netting when he broke clear into the area from the right.
Jenkinson atoned for his earlier lack of judgement with a fine blocking save from Liam Allott to ensure Parkgate were just a goal behind at the break.
Parkgate looked to raise their game in the second half but Swindells blasted well over with the goal at his mercy just five minutes in.
Dinnington continued to show their teeth with Arnault smashing a thunderbolt that seemed destined for the top corner only for Jenkinson to produce a brllliant save to send the ball over.
That warning shot jolted the Steelmen to life and a minute later they were level.
Swindells cut inside from the left and a deft touch played in Worsfold who slotted home the leveller.
Two minutes after he unselfishly played Worsfold in, Swindells elected to go it alone when a pass would have been the right move.
A sigh of relief went around the ground with nine minutes to go as the Steelmen went ahead.
A long pass down the right found James Ghaichem who beat two men and found Worsfold who tucked the ball under the keeper.
Dinnington threw everything they had at Parkgate in the final moments but they held on for the win which sees them remain two points clear at the top of the table.
Parkgate travel to Scarborough Athletic on Saturday before hosting Pickering Town in the League Cup on Tuesday night at 7.45pm.