All action, little rest, in Parkgate FC's games deluge

ARDUOUS RUN-IN: for Scott Mason and Parkgate FCARDUOUS RUN-IN: for Scott Mason and Parkgate FC
ARDUOUS RUN-IN: for Scott Mason and Parkgate FC
​PARKGATE manager Scott Mason is rallying the troops as his promotion-chasing side tackle a punishing run of ten matches in 20 days.

​A slew of postponements has left the Steelmen playing catch-up with fixtures and trying to claw back lost ground in the NCEL Division One title race.

They sit five points behind leaders Beverley Town with three games in hand after a goalless draw against Yorkshire Amateur was followed by a 5-1 win over Ollerton Town on Tuesday night.

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Rotating the squad of players who also have jobs to hold down and home commitments only adds to the pressures.

Parkgate's Danny Patterson in action earlier this seasonParkgate's Danny Patterson in action earlier this season
Parkgate's Danny Patterson in action earlier this season

Speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to Harrogate Railway, Mason said: "Saturday was only the second game all season we haven’t scored in and it’s a frustrating time for it to happen but we bounced back on Tuesday.

"We asked the lads to get back to enjoying it because there has been nerves there.

"It’s also due to the amount of games. It’s too much. The lads have got jobs and families and they’re trying to juggle home and work life as well as football. It’s new to us as a management team and it’s hard.

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“I am not making any excuses and none of the players are. It is what it is. We can’t help what the league has forced upon us. We’ve just got to get on with it.”

There is no let-up for Gate.

After tonight they go to Louth Town on Saturday and host Retford United on Tuesday (7.45pm) in the pursuit of top spot and promotion.

"We are not even contemplating the play-offs. We’re trying to win the league,” said Scott. "As much as the ball is still in our court, I think the magic number is going to be 103 points. Beverley can get to that and so can Shirebrook, and I think we can get to 107, so we’ll try and do our hardest to do that.

"We have five league games left and I feel we have to win four of them to win the league. We have three of the top six in that run and we also have to go to Harrogate and Louth, who are two good teams.”

He added: "We’ve got a coach booked on Saturday for the lads to relax a little bit.

“There will be a few more twists and turns, I’m sure. We’ve just got to concentrate on winning our games.”

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