Wood does it again

Parkgate striker Chris Wood netted a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Thackley.
Parkgate striker Chris Wood netted a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Thackley.

CHRIS Wood netted his second hat trick in as many league games as the Steelmen swept to a 4-2 win over Thackley at Green Lane.

The striker has bagged seven goals since switching from Maltby, continuing his scoring streak as Parkgate maintained their push for the Premier Division title.

It took just three minutes for Wood to make his mark as he reacted quickest from William Senior’s scuffed shot to head home.

Parkgate were well on top with Janni Lipka going close from a James Ghaichem cross while Nathan Swindells effort from 40 yards proved a little too ambitious.

Thackley found their feet midway through the half with Josh McLean drilling narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

And it appeared they had levelled on the half hour when Ross Daly drilled a thunderbolt which James Jenkinson just managed to tip over for a corner.

The visitors started the second half the stronger and it took them just six minutes to level the scores.

A long range effort from Nicky Matthews skidded under the boot of Janni Lipka and whistled past an out of position Jenkinson.

But Parkgate responded in the best possible fashion as Wood darted past the defenders on the right and cross to find Worsfold who neatly finished.

And the Steelmen surged on with Wood meeting a Tom Jowitt cross to head over the on-rushing Thackley keeper Mark Bower just five minutes later.

By 68 minutes the game was dead and buried as Parkgate caused chaos in the Thackley area.

Substitute Grant Alott saw his chip over Bower come back off the bar with Keir Hannity sending the ball back into the area where Wood pounced to scramble it home to make it 4-1.

To their credit, Thackley forged on and were rewarded when Tom Higman drilled home a cracking shot from inside the area with 10 minutes to go.

A remarkable comeback looked to be on the cards with three minutes to go but the assistant ruled out Thackley’s goal for offside.

The Steelmen visit Long Eaton United on Saturday before Tuesday evening’s visit of struggling Liversedge.