Steely resolve

Will Senior scored Parkgate's first in their win over Arnold Town.
Will Senior scored Parkgate's first in their win over Arnold Town.
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THE Steelmen moved back to the top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 win over Nottinghamshire strugglers Arnold Town while much of the rest of the calendar was frozen out.

Parkgate now lead the table by two points and still hold two games in hand over nearest rivals Farsley.

The win at Arnold was not a demolition job by a high-flying team, rather a somewhat fortunate result inspired by an excellent goalkeeping performance from James Jenkinson.

Janni Lipka flashed a free header just wide of goal after only 30 seconds but it was Arnold who had the better of the early exchanges when Luke Smithson’s dangerous cross had Jenkinson at full stretch to tip over the bar.

Philip Buxton smashed a volley from just outside the box to draw another save from Jenkinson.

Parkgate finally began to settle into the game with 20 minutes gone and Nathan Swindells must have though he had put them ahead when his effort took a deflection and trickled just wide.

Tony Law threatened for Arnold on the half hour but 10 minutes later Parkgate took the lead when Will Senior rose high above the defence and headed home Daniel Cardwell’s long throw.

Arnold were awarded a dubious penalty on the stroke of half time but justice was done when Law skied the spot kick ensuring the Steelmen carried a lead into the break.

Jenkinson was the hero early in the half when he dived at the feet of Law after the striker raced clear.

Parkgate wrapped up the scoring soon after when Ashley Worsfold’s shot kicked up off Arnold keeper Lance Walker’s legs and dropped kindly for Kier Hannity to loop a head over the last defender on the line.

Arnold were dead and buried at this point and Parkgate almost snatched a dream goal when Cardwell, Swindells and Worsfold combined in a brilliant passing move only for the latter to be denied by Walker.

Jenkinson denied Martin Carruthers on the break to ensure a well deserved clean sheet.

Parkgate are in derby action on Saturday when they host Dinnington Town before Winterton Rangers visit on Tuesday evening.