Win sees Gate Steel the march

Parkgate's Nathan Swindells netted as his side picked up a valuable win over title rivals.
Parkgate's Nathan Swindells netted as his side picked up a valuable win over title rivals.

PARKGATE put themselves in pole position for promotion to the Evo-Stik League after overtaking long time Premier Division leaders Farsley at the top of the table.

Two goals from Ashley Worsfold and a Nathan Swindells strike earned the Steelmen a 3-2 win over their promotion rivals at Green Lane.

Club officials have already submitted an application for ascension to the Evo-Stik League alongside five of their rivals.

It is expected just one Northern Counties East League side will get the nod with the highest placed of the applicants given first refusal.

Worsfold opened the scoring on 17 minutes when he latched onto a through ball, drew out Farsley keeper Tom Morgan and shoved the ball around him.

Farsley hit back four minutes later when Rob Stammer’s free kick took a horrible deflection off Keir Hannity and gave James Jenkinson no chance.

And another four minutes later Parkgate were back ahead when Swindells smashed a stunning 40 yard free kick home.

Farsley squandered several chances to get back into the match with Roy Stammer and Gareth Grant missing simple finishes while Lee Connor drew a brilliant save from Jenkinson.

Parkgate waited just 12 minutes after the break to go further ahead with Worsfold scrambling the ball over the line on his second attempt.

Farsley threw everything at the Steelmen for the remaining half hour but when Dominic Krief missed an open goal from two yards it was clear it was not to be their day.

Stammer volleyed home a delightful effort with 16 minutes to go to give Farsley a lifeline and they thought they had levelled when Krief netted only to see the assistant raise his flag.

Parkgate stayed resolute under the intense pressure to snatch an important win which leaves them a point clear at the top, still with three games in hand.

On Saturday, the Steelmen travel to struggling Arnold Town before visiting Winterton Rangers on Wednesday evening.

* FRICKLEY Athletic’s trip to Halifax Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The Blues are back in action on Saturday as they host FC United of Manchester before Tuesday night’s visit of Whitby Town.