Relegated Parkgate completed their away fixtures in this season’s Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with a 5-0 away reverse at Bottesford Town last night. The young and depleted Steelmen squad came up against a striker in tip-top form in the Poachers’ Declan Bacon, who took his season’s tally to 36 with a ruthless first half hat-trick, as the home side led 4-0 at the interval-and Parkgate’s Assistant Manager Richard Haigh felt that the relative inexperience of his youthful side contributed to the outcome, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC Website and the Bootiful Game.
Circumstances meant that there were seven players 18 years of age or younger in the Parkgate squad who travelled east last night, and Richard felt that all of those who played a part acquitted themselves well. “No excuses, but it was a young side who hadn’t played together before against a top, fitter, better-organised side who have been together for a year or tow. Young George (Morris) had never played against someone of his (Bacon’s) quality before –he did well, but he’ll learn from it, as they all will. Four of our goals came from situations where we were in possession, and unfortunately that’s been a familiar story all season “.
Parkgate complete a disappointing season tomorrow, when Worksop Town visit Green Lane, and Richard is keen that his supporters-again very much in evidence at Bottesford last night-come down to Roundwood as his side attempt to finish the season with consecutive home wins.” I’m hoping we’ll get a good crowd tomorrow, and our supporters can get behind the team one last time as we enter an important summer.”