PARKGATE’S title bid suffered another blow with a controversial penalty seeing them downed 2-1 at Long Eaton United.
The Steelmen slipped to third in the Premier Division table, behind second placed Bridlington who have a game in hand.
Parkgate failed to take their chances in the first half, as did hosts Long Eaton, with Daniel Cardwell skimming the crossbar and Ashley Worsfold denied by a last ditch tackle from Mick Allsop.
The Steelmen did take the lead eight minutes after the break when Cardwell’s corner was not fully cleared and Chris Wood flicked Worsfold’s effort into the net.
Long Eaton threw everything they had at Parkgate and were handed a controversial lifeline.
United were awarded a penalty by referee Wood who was positioned close to the half-way line at the time, much to the ire of the Parkgate side.
Substitute Shaun Rickford saw his penalty saved but Michael Martin reacted quickest to net the rebound.
Long Eaton continued to press and were rewarded with two minutes to go,
Harry Lord turned home Rickford’s cross with James Jenkinson rooted to his line.
The Steelmen host Brighouse Town on Saturday.
* FRICKLEY failed to build on their 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Nantwich Town after being outclassed at Colwyn Bay and suffering a 4-0 defeat.
The North Wales outfit were quicker in almost every department and ran out deserved winners over a Blues side deep in relegation danger.
Danny Grannon and Fraser McLaughlan put Colwyn two up inside 25 minutes before Alex Titchener made it three on the stroke of half-time.
Rob Hopley rounded off the scoring in the second half.
Frickley face a tough trip to Chasetown on Saturday before the visit of Worksop Town on Tuesday evening.