A CONTROVERSIAL last minute penalty denied Parkgate three important points to leave them nine adrift of leaders AFC Farsley after being held to a 2-2 draw at Armthorpe Welfare.
Referee David Hunt pointed to the spot after judging a handball during a scramble in the area, setting the scene for Ben Muirhead to seal a point for Armthorpe.
A few minutes earlier, Hunt dismissed Luke Fletcher in a horror final period for the Steelmen.
Parkgate pushed from the off with Nathan Swindells drawing a full stretch save from James Green from the edge of the area while Fletcher saw his close range effort deflected wide by his own man.
With 22 minutes gone, the Steelmen took a deserved lead.
A free kick from wide left from Daniel Cardwell panicked the Welfare defence and they failed to clear with the ball dropping to Will Senior who neatly placed his shot into the top corner.
Armthorpe rarely threatened in the first half but could have equalised almost immediately when Darren Mansaram found himself free in the box but blasted his shot way over the bar.
Welfare did level two minutes in the second half when Parkgate were caught out at the corner flag with Adam Lee latching onto the ball and rifling into the roof of the net.
Parkgate hit back two minutes later when another Cardwell long ball found Swindells who finished well and seemed well on course for victory until the disputed spot kick.
The Steelmen travel to Pickering on Saturday before the County FA Cup semi–final with Sheffield FC at Green Lane on Tuesday.