Parkgate 3 Brighouse Town 1
BRIGHOUSE were made to pay for their defensive mistakes as Parkgate claimed another valuable three points in their Premier Division title quest.
Mark Brier’s side had again produced an encouraging display but Lady Luck deserted them once more as they failed to make the most of the chances they created.
Brighouse started each half well but were unable to match or overhaul their South Yorkshire hosts - something that continues to frustrate the boss.
“At the end of the day we made defensive errors,” said Brier. “Parkgate did what every good side do and punished us.
“But once again we had our fair share of the game and there were times when we dominated.
“In fact the general feeling was that a draw would have been a fair result.
“But as well as making mistakes at the back we didn’t take our chances and those two things cost us in the end.”
Alex O’Keefe and Alex Hallam caused problems down the right throughout while Wayne Crossley had a good effort saved by the keeper.
However, the home side took the lead midway through the first half when Lee Burgess was shrugged off the ball and Parkgate moved it down the right before a cross wasn’t dealt with and Ashley Worsfold produced a decent finish.
Brighouse heads went down slightly and Grant Allott doubled the home side’s advantage two minutes later with a fine header from 12 yards.
Matty Sparkes then gave Brighouse hope when he headed home in the last meaningful action of the half.
Brighouse again started the second period on top but were unable to find the equaliser. Parkgate continued to plug away and finally made the game safe after 68 minutes with Luke Fletcher notching their third.
“We will play worse than that before the end of the season and win,” added Brier. “Parkgate had a battling quality and were quite physical, but we dealt with that
“The team performances are definitely improving.
“Nobody is knocking the way the players approach games and apply themselves, but we have to start cutting out the silly mistakes.”