t was an afternoon of total humiliation for newly –relegated Parkgate at the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium as a talented and ruthless Hemsworth Miners Welfare went back into fifth place in Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after an 8-1 win , writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC website and The Bootiful Game.
The afternoon began with a minute’s applause for Wells founder Mark Crapper, with many of the 88-strong crowd wearing his trademark flat cap, but within two minutes Brad Dockerty had set the tone with the opening goal for Wayne Benn’s home side, who were three up after fifteen minutes and 5-1 up at the break. Wells even had time to miss a penalty at the start of the second half, with the only bright spot coming from Danny Critchlow’s 18th-minute goal against his former club.
Nash Connolly scored a hat trick for Hemsworth with the excellent Adam Hayton running the game in midfield. It was a super display of energy and movement which blew away the Steelmen.
The visitors looked like a team approaching the end of a hugely disappointing season, but Manager Billy Fox was frustrated and furious in equal measure. He told the Parkgate FC Website. “What can I say about today that has not just been said in the dressing room. Unfortunately we have assembled a team of has been, never-beens. The inability to understand the most basic of instructions has again led to what can only be described as a disgusting performance. Some of the lads will get new clubs and be on their merry way -but after today’s defeat I will pass their numbers on to anyone that wants them”.
Foxy was dumbfounded by the way the game unfolded started “We started off with five at the back today- and ninety seconds later they are running in from the half way line -two on one -to score” he raged“ We have some players who think they aren’t bad and I signed them on that premise. I have been involved in football all my life and never seen such a gutless ,spineless performance from a group of players”.
Foxy had a message for the Parkgate faithful who had made the trip to Fitzwilliam “I wish to apologise to the people that travelled today to watch that. I take responsibility and had a conversation with the Chairman after the game which will remain private for now” he explained. “The club has struggled for the last three seasons and a mass clearout and a new start is required on and off the pitch. The club have clear direction which has already been started for next season”
“The Players and Management need to finish the season and not start dropping out for the last three games -but the season cannot end quickly enough”.