MATCH REPORT: Nostell Miners Welfare 1-1 Parkgate
Parkgate extend their unbeaten run to 6 games.
Parkgate started the game slowly, unlike the last 5 games under Andy Dawson. Losing the pace of Sam Ackroyd and Zak Khalifa for the game, gave Parkgate less of an outlet down the channels and in behind the opposition defence. With 12 minutes on the clock, the Parkgate defence couldn't clear the ball out of the box and the ball bounced of a few players and new keeper Joe Dunn couldn't keep it out and Nostell went 1-0 up. Dawson changed the formation a bit and Bruno Holden came out to the left side and that started to cause problems for Nostell right-back Lewis Akeister, and that proved right when Bruno Holden and Mack Collinson linked up but Akeister dived in with two feet off the ground and referee Wayne Cooper deemed the Nostell man to be out of control and he received his matching orders. Due to the bad tackle, Parkgate midfielder Mack Collinson, who had been a crucial member of our midfielder in recent wins, was subbed off for Josh Hobson. In the first-half Parkgate failed to make the extra man count and Nostell went into the half time break 1-0.
Whatever Andy Dawson and his assistant Lee Whitehead said at half time seemed to get the Steelmen going again, and they come out with a positive and offensive look to them, with full-backs Bradley Davies and Ben Starosta starting to get quality crosses in the box, but the Parkgate front line couldn't get on the end of them. With 25 minutes left, striker Nathan Forbes-Swindells chased down a lose ball and smashed it into the bottom left corner of the Nostell goal, to level the game up, 1-1. Parkgate started to cause much trouble in the final third with many chances not hitting the back of the net. Matt Crookes headed yards wide from a Elliott Simpson corner, and scorer Forbes-Swindells had a shot saved by Nostell keeper Stevens. The game ended 1-1, in a very exciting and all action game.