Parkgate FC: Dan’s the man!

Parkgate's Daniel Abdulla (blue)
Parkgate's Daniel Abdulla (blue)

Parkgate travelled to face Liversedge last weekend and bounced back from a midweek malling at Cleethorpes with a 2-1 win.

Captain Dan Abdulla took to the task immediately, making a tackle in midfield to win his side possession before threading a ball through for Craig Fletcher, who slammed home from an impropbable angle to give Parkgate the perfect start.

However, that was to be Fletcher’s only contribution after he landed awkwardly shortly afterwards and required a stretcher to leave the field.

Later in the half Abdulla and Scott Whittington both had the opportunity to turn in from close range, but the defence managed to get the ball clear in a goalmouth scramble.

Goalkeeper Dan Morton had to be alert in order to make a couple of good saves to preserve the Steelmen’s half-time lead.

Conditions were far from ideal and worsened over half time, the heavy rain causing puddles to begin forming on the surface.

And 15 minutes from time, the home side looked to have set up a grandstand finish when Andy Wood struck the equaliser.

But Parkgate reacted quickly again with the game only level for a minute thanks to a long throw by Andy Dawson that was flicked on by Ben Langford, leaving Abdulla to nod home from two yards.

Liversedge threw on another striker to apply pressure late on, but the Steelmen stood firm and took all three points.

They will host Glasshoughton this weekend as they look to build momentum.