Old faces haunt poor Parkgate

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Two former Parkgate players returned to haunt their former club as Maltby Main took the bragging rights in the local derby between the two sides.

Main took the lead on the stroke of half time through centre half Matthew Plant, after Parkgate ‘keeper Rob Poulter had misjudged the flight of the ball from a corner.

And in the second half, goals from ex-Parkgate players Brian Cusworth and Oliver Graham made the game safe.

Ironically it was a former Maltby player, Lee Hill, who scored Parkgate’s consolation goal in injury time.

Parkgate’s Tom Roebuck had the visitors’ best chance of opening the scoring in the first half, but his overhead kick rattled the Maltby crossbar.

Just when it looked like the teams would go into half time goalless, Poulter misread the corner and Plant was able to head home at the far post.

Cusworth then profited from another cross to put Maltby ahead, and Matt Outram was the provider for the third when his centre found Graham, who couldn’t miss from three yards out.

It should have been four with three minutes to go, when Cusworth broke free. But with only the keeper to beat, his shot on goal went well wide.

Parkgate’s consolation came two minutes into injury time, when Hill made progress into the Maltby area and curled a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal.