Steelmen secure second

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THE Steelmen guaranteed a second place finish in the Premier Division with a 3-2 win over nearest rivals Bridlington Town.

With glorious sunshine at Green Lane quickly changing to dramatic thunder and lightning, the backdrop proved perfect for a dramatic contest.

Parkgate went ahead after just four minutes when Janni Lipka received a Daniel Cardwell chip and lobbed on-rushing Bridlington keeper Mark Wilberforce to score.

The visitors responded well to ensure a highly competitive remainder of the first half.

Parkgate could have easily added to their score through Chris Wood, Will Senior or Nathan Swindells. With a heavy downpour arriving, the match descended into a scrappy midfield tussle but Bridlington took advantage to level.

A lofted Craig Hogg cross found Scott Phillips in space to volley low into the corner.

The two sides continued to exchange chances after the break but neither looked capable of taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

Doug Shelley shuffled the pack with Wood and Ashley Worsfold replaced by Danny Major and James Ghaichem.

The re-jog almost instantly paid off as the strike partnership of Lipka and Swindells combined superbly for the latter to calmly slot home his 23rd goal of the campaign.

Parkgate’s new found energy saw them push for a further goal but it was Bridlington who netted next when Phillip evaded his marker to head home from close range.

But the Steelmen refused to settle for a point and continued to push on for victory,

Their endeavour was rewarded on the stroke of full time when theu received a free kick on the edge of the area.

Lipka stepped up and curled a powerful shot into the bottom corner to snatch the points.

The Blues now have no concerns ahead of their Sheffield FA Challenge Cup final with Stocksbridge Park Steels at Hillsborough next Tuesday at 7pm, following their encounter at Maltby Main yesterday (Sat).