Parkgate FC will compete in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division in the 2015-16 season.
I had foolishly left my map at work, so I was a little concerned that I'd struggle to get off at the correct stop. I needn't have worried. Two local brothers, both in their seventies got on board, with one wearing a Boro badge. It turned out that they went to watch Scarborough whenever they played in the area and they weren't watching Rotherham United. We had a good chat about how much we all loved Scarborough as a town as they invited me to get off the bus with them before the ground and go for a beer.
The Horse and Jockey turned out to be a lovely pub, but sadly it didn't have hand pumps. Old racing and football memorabilia including lots of old programmes featuring South Yorkshire clubs adorned the walls. The three of us walked down to Roundwood where I grabbed a programme before heading upstairs to the plush clubhouse, which once again sadly lacked 'proper' ale.
Boro then had the large majority of chances but poor finishing and what boss Rudy Funk later described as bad decision making, meant the score remained level. The home side also had a couple of chances on the break.
|Some of the travelling Seadogs in good spirits|
I was kindly given a lift to the seaside to stay with my Dad by loyal supporter Colin Whelan. It had been a really good evening out.
Parkgate 2 Scarborough Athletic 4 (Saturday 16th March 2013) NCEL Premier Division (att: 254)
Generally I'm in Scarborough as soon as I get my monthly weekend off to spend time with my Dad and friends. However, on this occasion I decided to make use of a couple of extra days at home to attend a couple of matches and then travel to Rotherham on the morning of the game, before heading to the coast.
The rain was still falling as I took the train from Harrow down to Marylebone before walking to Baker Street for breakfast in the Metropolitan Bar. Wetherspoons breakfast wrap with a tea and a fine half of hoppy ale from Saltaire got me in the mood while I picked out my football bets. The train from St Pancras wasn't too busy and arrived in Sheffield on time, so all was going well.
I was going to the match with my old mate Guy Watson, who's based in Leeds. After a misunderstanding, which saw me looking for him in the wrong town, I got to Rotherham and found him in a pub. He had to find one a few minutes from the station as four coachloads of Cardiff City fans had stopped off on their way to their match at Hillsborough. There was also a heavy police presence as there was to be a BNP march later in the day.
After a pint we caught the 109 bus, which dropped us at the end of the lane to Roundwood at around 2.20 so we had time for another libation in the clubhouse and to catch up with the rest of the Seadogs; many of whom were exiled fans. We paid our £5 admission, plus £1.20 for a programme and went to stand on the far terrace down the side.
Boro started out very well, but the grumbles were that the dominance wasn't being converted into goals. It was a vital game as fellow challengers for the tile, Bridlington and Brighouse, both had relatively easy home games. Ryan Blott settled the nerves when finishing off fine work from Tony Hackworth to put the vast majority of the crowd in a good mood.
Unfortunately Boro took their foot off the pedal and it came as no surprise when Parkgate equalised, with Sam Smith slamming home a penalty after Matt Plummer had fouled. Despite having the majority of the play it looked like the Seadogs would have to go in level, until Ryan Blott set up Jimmy Beadle who bulletted a header home.
It was 3-1 before the interval. Hackworth and Denny Ingram had been complaining to the inconsistent referee Mr Smith all the half. Finally he saw that Hackworth was being unfairly grappled in the box and pointed to the spot. Bryan Hughes made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way.
After a happy half time pint we returned to the action and I met with the author of the No Clash of Colours blogsite, who was a good bloke. We chatted away near to the end the home side attacked, when Mr Smith gave a bewildering decision to award another penalty, adjudging Plummer to have fouled when it was the other way round. Even the home supporters and linesman were laughing. Justice was done when Sam Smith hammered the ball against the top of the bar.
Boro were struggling as Blott and Milne had gone off and they were not retaining possession. The warning signs were there and it came as no surprise when Jamie Smith pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes remaining. The away support roared the team on and they found another gear. They came close a few times before Jimmy Beadle finished off a move with just a couple of minutes to go.
I was given a ride back to York with Nick Finch before catching a train to Scarborough for a top class night out with my mates.