Worksop v Parkgate 28/11/17
GREAT SECOND HALF FIGHTBACK FALLS JUST SHORT FOR STEELMEN
Ross Shelton’s new- look Parkgate side went down 2-1 to sixth-placed Worksop Town yesterday in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, but a stirring second-half performance could easily have seen the Steelmen head back to Green Lane with a deserved point-and Ross admitted to mixed feelings when he spoke to the Parkgate Club website after the match, which was watched by on-line reporter Colin Muncie.
After dominating a first half playing with a strong wind, the Tigers went in front on 51 minutes through talented wide player Jordan Turner, just as Parkgate were getting a foothold in the game. But the Steelmen roared back, with skipper Kieran Hirst thumping the crossbar twice before Josh Moore looped in a lovely header at the far post to level at 1-1 with ten minutes to go. Alec Denton bundled Worksop back in front with just five minutes left, but there was still time for Jake Ashton to go desperately close to a second equaliser for Parkgate before Ryan Hindley’s men closed out the win in front of a crowd of 423.
Ross, frustrated by the outcome, admitted that his side struggled to make headway in that first period “I’m very disappointed not to come away with anything from the game. In the first half we were second best to everything and, in all honesty, if we’d been two or three down at half time, I don't think we could have complained. But my lads are resilient and they managed to hold on until half time. We couldn't really get going in the first half -although we had a couple of half chances- but I was happy to go in nil-nil at half time”.
Conditions played a big part in that first half. Ross told us “It was very difficult for us. We were straight into quite a heavy wind and we couldn't really get out of our own half in the first forty-five, but we rode our luck a little bit and the lads dug deep to stay level at the break”.
After the interval, it was a completely different story, as Ross explains. “In that second half we were much better going forward despite conceding a couple of goals which could –again-have been easily preventable. We kept the same shape into the second half. At half-time I said to the lads that with the wind behind us, the game was there for us to go for. I think that second half just about sums up the last few games for us - hitting the crossbar twice and missing two or three really good chances, especially in the last few minutes. If we had got anything out of the game today I don't think Worksop could have complained with our second half performance”.
Parkgate started with no less than six new squad players at Sandy Lane, but Ross insisted that it wasn’t a major task to integrate so many new faces into the group.
“It wasn’t very difficult at all, in all honesty”, he insisted. The lads I have brought in so far know what I want from them and what I am trying to do here, so they bought into it straight away. We need to become a side that other clubs look at and know they are going to be in for a tough game. The new lads were terrific all over the park, and will only get better and better as the side gels and come together”.
Next up for Parkgate is a home clash with in-form Rainworth, and Ross and his team are ready for the visit of Craig Denton’s Wrens.” I am buzzing for next Saturday now at home to Rainworth, in what is a very winnable game for us” he said “and the lads are buzzing for it too.”
“There were a huge number of positives to take out of today, and the players knew that after the game -so they are just ready to get the three points and push on up the table.
Parkgate v Rainworth Miners Welfare, Green Lane, Saturday 4th November.
Worksop Team: Callum Fielding, Steve Woolley [Cpt], Michah Bishop, Lee Hill, Sam Liversedge, Jed Phillips, Jordan Turner, Jack Barnett, Jake Currie, Kyle Jordan, James Jepson.
Subs: Matty Thompson, Alec Denton, Steve Wankiewicz, Rhys Davies.
Parkgate team: Sam Jepson, Jason Payling, Piers Bond, Liam Graham, Craight Laight, Vincent Dhesi, Kieran Hirst [Cpt], Daniel Harris, Josh Moore, Connor Peace, Jack Conley.
Subs: Bradley Kerr, Jake Ashton, Charlie Stewart, Daniel Abdulla.
Referee: Peter Walker.
Assistant referees: James Price, Joseph Phillips.