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Local Non-League Match Report: Parkgate 2 - 2 Garforth Town

Miners hold on for a 2-2 draw

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Garforth Town were coming into this game in need of a win and they started brightly with Sean Hunter hitting the bar with a fine effort. Garforth continued to press and Mark Simpson saw his shot blocked on the line with Parkgate defending for their lives.

However against the run of play, Parkgate opened the scoring and it rattled Garforth who then had to call upon Steven Weatherill who pulled off a superb save to keep the score to one. Hunter had a great chance to equalize for the home side but his effort went over. Garforth settled soon afterwards and Mitch Hamilton was next in line to try his luck but it also went over the bar. A huge chance for Hunter then soon followed but he couldn’t get it into the back of the net.

Half-time soon came and went and Garforth came out again all guns blazing and this paid off when Lee Turner scored a really good goal to level the scores. Minutes later, the home side were 2-1 up when super striker Mark Simpson struck and Garforth were feeling more confident. Subs Luke Kitson and Calum Ward came on for Mitch Hamilton and Lee Turner respectively to add fresh legs to the team.

But the scores were all level again when Parkgate struck and this could have been even worse had Parkgate actually managed to get the ball into the net not long after. Simmo tried his luck from long range but the Parkgate keeper was alert to it.

Final substitute for Garforth came with Helmo Silva replacing Aodhan Brownlee to try and put pressure on Parkgate to get the winner. But the away side were more determined to snatch the winner. Garforth’s job became a lot harder when James Beaston was sent off just before full-time. Thankfully the away side couldn’t get a winner and the full-time score at Cedar Ridge was 2-2. Garforth Town will be hoping to get a win for the final home game of the season on Saturday. The boys will be determined I am sure.

Editor’s Note: Again, many thanks to Maz Brown (@LeedsUNITEDMaz) for providing a match report for one of Leeds United’s local non-League neighbours, Garforth Town.

If you want to see some pictures from the match, and some great photography as well, check out her Sports Photography blog.