Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Parkgate U19 2 v Harworth Colliery Institute U19 0 - PSF

Wednesday 8th August 2012, at the Roundwood Sports Complex, Rawmarsh (or Roamish as the locals call it)
Pre Season Friendly
Parkgate U19 (0) 2
Harworth Colliery Institute U19 (0) 0
Did anybody see my AWOL assistant anywhere?
He's about this tall.

A well contested game, between two sides who'll be coming face to face against each other again soon, in the North Midlands U19 League 2nd Division.
Harworth started the game without several first picks, due to a transport problem ... and they struggled for numbers with just two substitutes available, especially when they had to take a couple of players off who got knocks.
But they didn't complain, or use their misfortune as an excuse for the final result ... the lads they had just rolled their sleeves up and got on with it.
These things happen over the course of a season and sometimes you just have to accept the rough luck along with the smooth.
There were several stand out performances among the Harworth players, especially in the first half, before they were forced to change things around.
And one or two issues that needed to be addressed, seem to have been sorted out now.
But, I'm not going to name any names, because it's a team game ... and not one of the visiting side could be faulted for effort tonight.
Besides, it's still pre season and I don't want to spoil the official unveiling of this season's Harworth team, before their first proper game at home against Ollerton Town next month.
Apologies for not knowing much about the identities of the Parkgate players.
'Tom' opened the scoring on 50 minutes, but I haven't got a clue who scored their second.
On the balance of things, Parkgate just about warranted the win. But any more than a two goal margin of victory would've been cruel on the Harworth side after the all effort they had put in.
The home side played well and in my ever so humble estimation, they will be 'there or thereabouts' in the league table at the end of the season.
The 'Steelmen' proved to be stiff opposition for tonight's makeshift and hastily assembled Harworth side, but the visitors will have taken a lot of pointers from this game against such a strong side.
A worthwhile run out for both teams.
Man of the match: Glenn McPherson - Harworth coach, manager, physio and a linesman too, all in one game ... and all while sporting some ultra fashionable Mansfield Town shorts as well.