No Welfare concerns for improved Parkgate

Scott Preece
Scott Preece

A much-improved performance from Parkgate saw the Steelmen earn a deserved point against Parkgate entertained West Yorkshire outfit Glasshoughton Welfare at Roundwood.

Parkgate, who fielded Mark Stuart for the first time since his arrival from Winterton Rangers, had their first fright after just seven minutes when Kieran Corley’s shot went just wide of Declan Howard’s post.

The game’s first flashpoint came on 26 minutes, when Welfare ‘keeper Paul Hagreen handled outside the box to thwart a run from Jamie Hopkins.

Despite protests for a red card, the referee presented only a yellow and Hagreen was able to parry Greg Mason’s resulting free-kick to safety.

Welfare had the final chance of the first half, but Liam Tuck’s volley was miscued.

In the second period, Stuart had the chance to make it a dream debut when the ball fell to him in front of the Welfare goal.

He was, however, just off balance, and his shot trickled just wide.

Parkgate’s best moment so far came three minutes before the hour mark.

After good build-up play involving Scott Preece and Stuart, a long cross again found the debutant but his shot was blocked by Darrell Young and rebounded for a throw in.

Preece then enjoyed the best opportunity of the game, with the goal gaping and Hagreen stranded.

Somehow, however, he managed to sky the ball high and wide.

Parkgate, however, did finish the game on the front foot, and enjoyed several good chances inside the last ten minutes of the game.

Jamie Hopkins hit the side netting, and a minute later Andy Dawson forced a fine save from Hagreen.

There was drama at the other end, too, when Callum Ward flashed a shot across the face of the Parkgate goal, but no-one could capitalise.

Parkgate finished the game with ten men, after the referee gave Alex Cavanagh his marching orders two minutes from time for a second yellow card offence.

n Parkgate: Declan Howard, Jonathan Wragg, Alex Cavanagh, Reece Wesley, Scott Lowe, Andy Dawson, Greg Mason, Mark Stuart, Jamie Hopkins, Ben Langford, Scott Preece.

n Subs: Scott Whittington, George Morley, Simon Mirfin, Scott Ellis, Stuart Lowe.