Whistling referee and wind fails to stop Parkgate charge

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A CONTROVERSIAL refereeing performance failed to stop Parkgate returning to winning ways with a 3-2 win at a windy Hallam.

The Steelmen saw their 11 match unbeaten run ended last Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion but recovered to see off Hallam, despite playing the last 10 minutes with just 10 men.

Parkgate threatened from the off, with Luke Fletcher drawing a save from Martin Taylor while Matthew Griffin rattled the bar from the edge of the box.

So there was no surprise when the pressure came off on 24 minutes, when Daniel Cardwell’s long throw caused problems Hallam failed to deal with, allowing Janni Lipka to curl home from inside the area.

Six minutes later Parkgate increased their lead when Griffin received another long throw and drilled a brilliant overhead kick beyond Taylor.

Hallam had showed little in the first half but were gifted their chance when referee Alix Pashley pointed to the spot despite no appeals from the hosts when Nathan Swindells tackled Gavin Hunter in the box.

Jordan Turner stepped up and sent James Jenkinson the wrong way to give Hallam a lifeline just before the break.

Taylor produced the save of the match from Swindells five minutes into the second half, but afterwards it was all Hallam, now kicking uphill.

And they were rewarded when Phillip Reynolds found the net to level up.

It looked like Hallam would snatch the win until Swindells broke with 15 minutes left and bent the ball around the keeper with the outside of his boot.

A second yellow card for Cardwell did not endear the referee to the Steelmen’s following any further but Parkgate held on under pressure for the win, which saw them retain second spot two points behind leaders Farsley, who they host on Saturday with the chance of going top of the table.