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parkgate survived a second half fight back from Winterton Rangers to secure a 3-2 victory and claw points back on leaders Bridlington.

A Nathan Forbes-Swindells brace plus an Adam Shepherd strike gave Parkgate a commanding lead at the break only for Rangers to make life difficult after half time.

But Parkgate held on for the win and, with Bridlington held at Thackley, they are now six points off top spot.

An electric opening quarter hour seemed to take Parkgate out of sight.

The on-form Forbes-Swindells tapped in after Ashley Worsfold surged past the Winterton centre halves and his shot came back off the post.

Just a couple of minutes later the lead was doubled when the Rangers defence failed to deal with Gareth Clayton’s cross and the ball dropped to an unmarked Shepherd who headed home.

Forbes-Swindells was on hand to finish a rebounded effort once more, again from a Worsfold shot well dealt with by Rangers keeper Jack Ward.

Rangers put up the required fight after the break but Parkgate defended well.

The visitors did find their way onto the scoresheet on 65 minutes when Jake Stannard send Steven Phillips clear through and he smashed past Adam Billard.

Billard came out on top in another one on one situation soon after when he denied the rapid Gavin Cooper.

That save proved vital as it kept Winterton out until late in the game.

After a fiery period, Rangers did pull another goal back in the dying moments when James O’Neill scrambled an effort home in a crowded penalty area.

Parkgate are in FA Vase action this weekend when they host Bedlington Terriers in the second round on Saturday (3pm).