Parkgate 2-3 Staveley Lady Luck & Decisions Seal ‘Gate’s Fates
We popped down to see former Macclesfield, Boston and current assistant manager Gary Simpson, for the visit of mighty Staveley – the League’s money club. They gave the duo and in particular Parkgate manager Doug Shelley, a little bit more than normal to contend with. The Steelmen’s had to make a last ditch trip for their ‘lucky unbeaten kit’, but in truth lady luck and the officials intervened to deny them the win they seemed on course for, after Nathan Forbes-Swindells had made it 2-0 and 11 goals in 8.
For the benefit of those visiting the site for the first time, first a brief bio, next the teams & schemes, then the match report, a comment from Gary Simpson about the Imps and finally more stats than you can shake a Steelman or Miner at. Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Parkgate gaffer,Doug Shelley, is one of those up and coming non-League managers who uses persuasion and contacts in the absence of the money most lorded League managers take for granted. He is quick to praise Gary Simpson (Macc & Posh) for the professionalism he has added to the tactical and training side of his apprenticeship, but this has been a learning curve that many have to make. Having won the lot in the Meadowhall Sunday League (divisions and respective cups) he was given an opportunity at Parkgate. The previous manager had walked with the entire team to Handsworth, so he had to cobble together that first side which finished second. The following season saw 3rd place before much of the side was again pillaged. Last season saw a creditable 7th and he was able to retain and build on that side with the signings of 11 in 8 Nathan Forbes-Swindells and Ash Jackson. Prior to today’s game the Steelmen were top having won six, drawn won and lost none. With a great bunch of lads who play for just expenses and pride, his side appears to be looking to thrive as opposed to just survive.
Parkgate FC v Staveley MW
Saturday 11th August
Lipka 3 Forbes-Swindells 46, Thornton 57, Brisset 69, Damms 87
The Teams & Schemes
Johnson Senior Jordan Jackson
Hanity Fletcher (Y) Forbes
McGory Collover Fox Fowcus
Bettany Eagers Jackson Thornton (Y)
But To the game footy fans to the game
The Steelmen were buoyed by the arrival of their lucky kit and almost double the normal attendance. A healthy 177 including a healthy scattering of Millers shirts, plus 3 three canny chaps peering from behind their garden fences, sat either in the stand behind the goal or stood on the traditional old grassy terraced mound that runs behind the dugouts. Right back Johnson welcomed Staveley left winger Thornton with a shuddering challenge. Keeper Dewbury punched the free-kick emphatically away to show they take no prisoners in this League. That is not to say there is any shortage of skill in this side as a 4-2-3-1 formation set out to play the ball about. A sublime thiry-yard ball from Senior found Forbes-Swindells, who controlled superbly, cut inside his man and fed Lipka, who hammered a howitzer into the top right from the edge of the box.
Another probing thirty-five yard peel from cultured centre-half & Captain, Senior, found Wood but his shot was blocked Collover. A Staveley free-kick was inches away from the head of Thornton, diving in at the far post. The passing and distribution of Parkgate’s Patterson, in a play-making holding midfield role with goalscorer Lipka, was setting the tone of the game. Both centre-backs in behind are also keen to get the ball down and pass their way out of trouble. This and good communication allows the three more advanced midfielders to get up and feed off Wood who leads the line. The Staveley keeper pounced on the ball to end one 8 pass sweeping move.
Staveley’s Hawthorn beat two to feed McGory who went down too easily to get a penalty. In truth it was about the only decision Parkgate would get from the officials today. The Staveley midfield quartet were beginning to work out the Parkgate 2 and 3, but Patterson, Lipka or full-backs Johnson and Jackson were alert to the dangers and eager to build a counter. The Booking of Thornton for a foul on Patterson would pave the way for a change in the fate of the game later on.
A glorious opening caused many to spill the half-time tea and cuppa soups. An incisive ball from Jordan out of defence found Nathan Forbes-Swindells on the left, 50 yards from goal. He looks every inch a goal machine this lad, leaving two in his wake he got to the corner of the box cut inside and crashed a curling effort into the top corner. The Steelmen were cruising. A 12 man cross-field move saw full-back Jackson shoot wide. Patterson was then booked for a return challenge on Thornton. With Simmo screaming for the wall to be formed, panto villain, Thornton fizzed one back through the gap.
In search of a decisive third, Lang came on for Wood just before Patterson saw a second yellow for handball. Not only was it ball to hand but his arm was by his side, although, perhaps, he did have a little too much to say. Dewbury commandingly came for a cross and fed Lang who was down the line in a flash. His cross was hoofed clear by Fox. Nathan Forbes-Swindells then curled just wide from the edge of the box as the 10-men continued to make a game of it.
On 69 another free-kick saw the equaliser as Dewbury did a sack the juggler and Brisset finished with ease. Fletcher was booked at the Steelmen continued to go forward. Forbes-Swindells beat four but his shot was blocked. Staveley were exploiting the gaps and Dewbury made a fantastic full length save from Damms. Thornton sent a seering excoset just over. It was end to end stuff as Senior headed just over at one end, whilst a Thornton cross at the other just needed a touch. Lang also hooked back to a somewhat empty six-yard box.
With just three minutes on the clock and a hard-fought draw looking the outcome, the Steelmen’s hearts were broken. Bettany played into the path of Damms who hit home a hay-maker from 25 yards.
Young and up and coming manager Doug Shelley was naturally in reflective mood. ” At 2-0 we were cruising after a fantastic goal from on-fire Forbesie. But a sloppy freekick got them back in it as one of ours jumped & the others didn’t. I don’t think we got a decision today and the second yellow really put us up against it. But the lads battled and you can’t ask for more from an honest hard-working and talented bunch with a team spirit second to none. Its our first defeat of the season, we did enough to win a few games today and I think we will be there or thereabouts.
Assistant manager Garry Simpson was his normal modest and cagey self when asked if he was looking at getting back into managagement and any possibility of a return to the Imps.
“We will have them in Wednesday for training, they are eager to learn, these lads and work are on the pitch and the training ground despite some very physical jobs some of them. We’re building oaks from acorns here. This is Doug’s side and he has kept this club running on and off the pitch. It was nice to see a few Millers shirts here today as well. Although we want them to talk maybe sometimes they are too eager to talk to the referees. That’s our job and I am gong to quiz to accessor now.”
But the Imps job Gary?
“That is not for me to say, David Holdsworth is in the job and trying his best to do what many in the game realise would be a long-term and challenging but rewarding turnaround there. Lincoln have fantastic fans – the best in the business and they deserve success.”
Parkgate FC v Staveley MW
53% Ball 47%
9 Shots on 8
7 Misses 5
3 Saves 4
3 Corners 4
1 Offside 3
6 Fouls 9
*3 Yellows 1
*1 Reds 0
* 2 x Yellows = Red for Patterson
|5.||Barton Town Old Boys||7||3||1||0||2||1||0||5||2||0||15||8||7||17||0|
|6.||Long Eaton United||8||3||1||1||2||0||1||5||1||2||16||9||7||16||0|
|11.||Staveley Miners Welfare||7||2||0||0||1||2||2||3||2||2||14||11||3||11||0|
|13.||Hall Road Rangers||9||3||1||2||0||0||3||3||1||5||22||20||2||10||0|
|19.||Nostell Miners Welfare||8||1||2||3||0||0||2||1||2||5||8||19||-11||5||0|
|22.||Lincoln Moorlands Railway||8||0||0||3||0||1||4||0||1||7||4||31||-27||1||0|
Adj – refers to points adjustments, something rather common when you get to this level of football.