Adams’ men continue new year revival after 1-1 draw

Parkgate FC manager Steve Adams watches on as the home side go down 1 - 3 in the first half vs Bacup & Rossendale Borough FC
Parkgate FC manager Steve Adams watches on as the home side go down 1 - 3 in the first half vs Bacup & Rossendale Borough FC

Although Parkgate will be disappointed not to have completed a league double over Liversedge following a 1-1 stalemate at Green Lane, it did at least see the Steelmen continue their steady improvement since the turn of the year.

Eli Hey fired the visitors into a 10th minute lead but Ryan Johnson struck on 26th minutes, with his second goal since re-joining Parkgate from Handsworth Parramore, to make it just one defeat in the last four for Steve Adams side.

Maltby Main slumped to a fourth defeat in five losing 4-1 at Thackley.

Nick McNally gave Thackley a 20th minute lead but their joy was short lived as Brian Cusworth put Maltby back on level terms just a minute later, with his 12th goal of the campaign.

Mike Garrod restored the home side’s lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time and within three minutes of the restart Thackley had opened up a two goal cushion.

McNally hit his second of the contest before completing his hat-trick just past the hour mark to put the game out of Maltby’s reach.

Armthorpe Welfare came away from Retford United 5-1 winners in the relegation scrap at the end of a traumatic week for the home side.

The Badgers parted company with manager Paul Ward last week, then saw his replacement Russ Eagle do a U-turn 24 hours after being appointed, which resulted in the resignation of the first team committee.

But Retford got no sympathy from Armthorpe as the visitors raced into a 3-0 half-time lead courtesy of a Joe Lumsden hat-trick.

Retford’s day got worse when Craig Morley was give his marching orders just three minutes into the second half. Nevertheless the ten-men reduced the arrears on 54 minutes as Adam Lee turned in a cross from close range.

However, Kieron Benson came off the bench to put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time, knocking in a rebound before grabbing his second deep into stoppage time as Welfare moved six-points clear of the drop zone.

Bridlington Town completed a league double over Athersley Recreation with a 3-2 victory at Queensgate.

AFC Emley remain top of Division One despite slipping to a fourth game without a win following a 2-1 home reversal against title rivals Clipstone.

But Rossington Main were beaten for the first time in four games losing out 4-2 at promotion hopefuls Shirebrook Town.

Worksop Town’s Wembley dream is over following a 1-0 defeat in extra-time against Glossop North End at Sandy Lane in the FA Vase Fourth Round.

The visitors grabbed the all-important goal in the 102nd minute when Jason Carey headed into the bottom corner from a cross into the box.

n Fixtures, tomorrow: FA Vase Fourth Round Replay: Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Walsall Wood

n Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Rossington Main v Nostell MW.

n NCE League Cup Third Round: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Hallam.

n League Cup Fourth Round: Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Worksop Town, Retford United v Tadcaster Albion.

n Wednesday: NCE League Cup Fourth Round: Albion Sports v Staveley MW.

n Premier Division: Athersley Recreation v Armthorpe Welfare.

n Division One: Dronfield Town v Teversal.