Dream debut for Steve in easy win

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Debut man Steve McDonnell hit a brace as Parkgate hammered Staveley Miners Welfare 4-0.

McDonnell, signed from Maltby Main, struck twice in three second-half minutes as Parkgate took apart their opposition.

The game was a typical one of two halves, as Parkgate struggled to impose themselves in the first period.

Indeed, the first chance to Staveley as Kyle Fores-Chambers’ free-kick forced Rob Poulter into a good save.

Parkgate made their mark on the game with 36 minutes gone, however, when Adam Shepherd put them ahead.

Shepherd lost his marker in the box, turned and fired low into the net to give his side the half-time lead.

Unlike the first half, Parkgate began the second with purpose and further extended their lead through McDonnell after 51 minutes.

And McDonnell made it a debut to remember just three minutes later, when he outjumped home goalkeeper Tom Turner and nodded home.

Turner made some amends when he tipped Sam Smith’s volley over the bar, but he could do nothing about Staveley’s fourth from Craig Fletcher.

Frickley, meanwhile, gained their first Evo-Stik Premier Division away point of the season in stoppage time at Stafford Rangers.

After having a first minute effort disallowed for offside, Rangers went 2-0 ahead through a Christian Dacres header and Fabrice Kasiama’s shot.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in the 54th minute: Frickley skipper Matty Bloor received his marching orders for a tackle on Jimmy Turner, who was also sent off for retaliation.

Chris Wood pulled a goal back, before Jake Picton equalised with a 12-yard shot on the turn.

Luke George looked to have broken Frickley hearts with an 88th-minute goal, but Frickley responded and Liam Hardy headed home in the fifth minute of injury time.

Frickley entertain Chorley this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.