NCEL Premier Divisio
THE Steelmen stretched their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a convincing 3-1 win over Lincoln Moorlands Railway at Green Lane.
Parkgate were well in control of the game throughout and a Matthew Griffin brace plus a Nathan Swindells spot kick earned the three points which kept them within a win of the top of the table.
Lincoln stopper Mario Ziccardi was forced into an early save from a Parkgate free kick but his parry sparked a counter attack with Tom Garrick stinging the hands of James Jenkinson.
Garrick turned home the corner only to be denied by the assistant’s flag.
It was a fright that sparked Parkgate into action and they went on to dominate the first period.
Swindells ran the full length of the pitch in seven minutes but Zaccardi denied him only for the Steelmen to take the lead from the resulting corner.
Daniel Cardwell crossed into the crowded area with Griffin rising to head into the roof of the net.
Parkgate were in full flow and a fine passing move out from their own box resulted in Janni Lipka drawing the best for Zaccardi once again.
But they did not have to wait for the second with Swindells pulled down by Jack Cotton on 25 minutes.
He dusted himself down and drilled low and left to double the lead.
Lincoln really should have had a lifeline just before the break when Garrick beat three men only to tap his effort into the side netting.
A rather subdued start to the second half was broken when Swindells crashed the post with a 35 yard free kick.
Two minutes later Parkgate put the game beyond the visitors when a long throw was flicked on by both Ashley Worsfold and Will Senior into the path of Griffin who netted from close range.
Zaccardi continued to frustrate the Steelemen, denying a brilliant Lipka effort with the pick of the afternoon’s saves,
Parkgate relaxed on their cushion but were caught out when Ben Good latched onto a through ball and turned home for Lincoln.
The visitors pushed on but their chances were dealt a fatal blow when Cotton was handed his second booking for a hefty challenge on Grant Allott.
Parkgate have a great chance of extending their run when they travel to struggling Hallam on Saturday.