A long week for Parkgate continues with a another trip north up the M1 to take on seventeenth-placed Thackley at Dennyfield this afternoon-and before considering a trip to another of his former charges, Manager Billy Fox reflected an that battling 2-2 draw at Cedar Ridge on Thursdsy night, before revealing the high-calibre physical preparation offered by the club, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC Website and the Bootiful Game.
The thickness of a coat of paint was the difference as twenty-first placed Parkgate came from behind to take a deserved away point at the dangerous Garforth Town (12th) in a fine 2-2 draw in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division at the Supply Chain Network Stadium last night. With the last kick of the game, Elliott Simpson’s fierce free kick –awarded after Chris Wood had been fouled whilst clean through on goal -thundered against the crossbar and over.
The visitors had taken the lead through Nathan Joynes flick after 14 minutes, giving Parkgate a half time advantage in front of the crowd of 65 at Cedar Ridge. The home side came roaring out of the blocks at the start of the second half and turned the game on its head through Lee Turner’s fine finish (47 minutes) and a crisp far post strike from Mark Simpson (49 minutes; his twenty-eighth of another prolific season). The visitors battled back, and after a period of sustained pressure, Joynes applied a close range finish to level the game up. (69 minutes). It was end to end stuff until that last minute incident, for which Garforth’s James Beaston saw red: but the points were shared.
Foxy was pleased with his side’s display and felt that they might well have won the contest-but told us that the physical and financial implications of five consecutive away fixtures is really coming home to roost. Foxy told us “We played well at Garforth last night and although both sides had plenty of chances ours should have resulted in more goals. Hitting the bar in the last second sums how it goes for us lately and the postponed games are killing us now. A small squad; and this week I have to say to players can you come to Leeds tonight travel to Bradford at the weekend and come to Hull on Tuesday and Thursday next week and you won’t have to go far on Saturday –it’s only at Hemsworth; and I will give you a tenner.
I wouldn’t give that round to a Parcel force driver –it’s a joke”.
Foxy takes his Steelmen to Dennyfield tomorrow for another rendezvous with a former club. He told us “We go to Thackley tomorrow; a wonderful bunch of volunteers and I still have many friends there since I made them famous! Joking apart, it’s a big pitch with no recovery time -but after playing for their Sunday sides tonight our lads will be raring to go!”
“We will give them a rub with the chip shop vinegar we have in the medical bag”.