NCEL: Steelmen out to gain revenge after derby defeat to local rivals

Parkgate's Scott Whittington
Parkgate's Scott Whittington

The first of two local derbies against Athersley Recreation in the space of a week ended in a 4-1 defeat for Parkgate at Roundwood.

Athersley, making their first ever visit to Parkgate in the NCEL Premier Division, host the Steelmen on Saturday.

And they will do so in confident mood, having dominated their hosts from the beginning in this encounter.

Athersley’s Kieran Scargill issued a warning shot to Parkgate goalkeeper Richard Watson after just 17 minutes, when his long-range shot just curled wide of the post.

But Scargill made no mistake seven minutes later, when he broke away and hit a delightful volley which gave Watson no chance.

Four minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead when Joe Thornton intercepted a suicidal backpass, rounded Watson and tapped home with ease.

The Steelmen were rattled, and it took until the 34th minute for them to have their first real attempt on goal. Scott Whittington let fly from the edge of the area, and the ball sailed just over the bar.

Parkgate’s attacking threat was brief, however, and Athersley extended their lead to 3-0 after 37 minutes.

An Athersley shot rebounded off the post, Parkgate’s defence failed to clear and an unmarked Scargill volleyed the ball home.

Only a fine Richard Watson save, from Lee Bennett’s effort, saved Parkgate from further embarrassment before the welcome half-time whistle sounded.

Although Parkgate produced a marginally better showing in the second half, their display was still not good enough and Athersley added a fourth with eleven minutes to go.

Centre-half Jack Briscoe had a shot from the angle of the area, the ball skimmed across the surface and Parkgate goalkeeper Watson fumbled the ball into the net.

Watson made amends for his error moments later with a fine one-handed save from Joe Thornton’s shot, and the Steelmen did manage a late consolation goal in the last minute when Dylan Parrott finished off a fine run with a neat finish past away goalkeeper Shaun Penn.

Before the game, Parkgate were presented with the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Fair Play Award for August 2013.

Club captain Reece Wesley and manager Steve Adams received the award from Karl Blackburn, Fair Play Secretary of the League.

n Parkgate: Watson, Emson, Bond, Wesley, Lowe, Dawson, Whittington, Abdulla, Graham, Houghton, Parrott.

n Subs: Langford, Wragg, Douglas, Mason, Linacre.

n Athersley Recreation: Penn, Chadburn, Cook, Allcock, Briscoe, White, Scargill, White, Thornton, Bennett, Thornton, Blackburn.

n Subs: Blackburn, Hague, Herring, Outram, Fletcher.

n  Referee : James Batean.