Saturday 4th April 2015 ko 13.45

Northern Counties East League Premier Division

PARKGATE 1 (Stapleford-Jones 46)

STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE 2 (Watters 63 Smith 88)

Att 301

Entry £5

Programme £1.50

I love it when a club makes the best of what they have, and let’s face it Parkgate’s Green Lane ground, in Rawmarsh, Rotherham does have its challenges. The view of the steelworks is spectacular, but the space isn’t huge. One side is out-of-bounds, and the club have managed to squeeze in the essentials of life everywhere else.

The lack of space meant that Terry had to set up his badge stall outside, by the turnstiles, and all the food was served in the clubhouse, shared with the bowls club. That, at lunch time proved to be a masterstroke. Either curry or stew was available, and with the ability to sit and eat the catering proved to be popular. And let’s face it, when you’re doing 4 games in a day, an occasional chance to grab a pew isn’t to be sniffed at!

The programme was a good effort too, and the quiz intriguing. Did any of the 301 there know the name of Kevin Keegan’s hit in the German charts?

Sadly the first half wasn’t anything to make me fall head over heels in love with it, but the action livened up considerably in the second half. Every season I expect to see Staveley challenge for promotion, but this season won’t be seen as one of their greatest. They were caught cold after the break, and it took the introduction of Ryan Watters to get them back in the game, and whilst the away win was a little fortuitous on the balance of play I suspect that as much as it will have disappointed Parkgate, the late winner will be seen by the visitors as part of the process of building for the future.