Parkgate FC: Ex-Steelman Forbes-Swindells snatches point for Staveley

Nathan Forbes-Swindells (in red playing for Parkgate) equalised for Staveley against his former club
Nathan Forbes-Swindells (in red playing for Parkgate) equalised for Staveley against his former club

Former Steelmen star Nathan Forbes-Swindells snatched a point for Staveley Miners Welfare, writes Bruce Bickerdike.

Parkgate were left to rue a number of missed chances as Stavelely’s second half equaliser cancelled out Craig Fletcher’s fifth minute strike.

The goal came after the hosts’ ‘keeper failed to hold onto a Scott Whittington shot and Fletcher slammed home for 1-0.

The home side had their first shot at goal on 13 minutes when Ellis Wall had David Darwent at full stretch, but the ball went just over the Parkgate crossbar.

Ben Langford went just inches wide in the 26th minute and Fletcher did the same two minutes later when the ball spun out of the goalkeeper’s arms before his defence hurriedly cleared.

Parkgate looked like they had doubled the lead on 37 minutes when the ball rattled the underside of the crossbar, however, the referee adjudged the ball had not crossed the line.

Taking their lead into the break, Parkgate tried in vain to double their advantage after the interval.

The Steelmen should have gone further in front in the 46th minute but a fine save from Steve Hernandez prevented Parkgate from pulling away.

And as Parkgate continued to press, Staveley struck a sucker punch in the 73rd minute when the visitors’ former player Forbes–Swindells bundled his way past three defenders before equalising from close range.

As the game drew to a close, Fletcher went close on a couple of occasions but it was not to be as the spoils were shared during the NCEL Premier Division midweek encounter.

The Steelmen next host Bridlington Town at Roundwoon on Saturday.

Staveley: Steve Hernandez, Austin McIntosh, Jack Poulton, Sam Finlaw, Matt Hassett, Craig Fisher, Ellis Wall, Jordan Eagers, Jack Watt, Ryan Oli, Nathan Forbes-Swindells. Subs: James Colliver, Kurtis Morley, Pat Lindley, Joe Flint, Chris Butt.

Parkgate: David Darwent, Scott Lowe, Jonathan Wragg, Matthew Reay, Sam Foulds, Ross Shelton, Daniel Abdulla (Capt), Scott Whittington, Craig Fletcher. Ben Langford. Subs: Lee Edmondson, Luke Beedham, Callum Douglas, James Steer, Piers Bond.

Referee: James Thornhill (Ilkeston)