Monday, 26 September 2016

THE66POW ON TOUR 2016-17

Updated Monday September 26th 2016 
Tue 27 Sep - Retford United v Thackley - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Wed 28 Sep - Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town - Central League - 2pm at Rainworth MW
Wed 28 Sep - Maltby Main v Armthorpe Welfare - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Sat 1 Oct - Doncaster Rovers v Mansfield Town - EFLYA - 11AM at Cantley Park
Sat 1 Oct - Lincoln United v Handsworth Parramore - FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round - 3pm
Tue 4 Oct - Nostell Miners Welfare v Harworth Colliery - Sheff & hallam Senior Cup - 7.45pm
Wed 5 Oct - Retford United v Chesterfield - WVH NMU19L - 7. 45pm at DN22 6QF
Thu 6 Oct - Mansfield Town v Sandiacre Town - WVH NMU19L - 7.45pm at Clipstone FC
Fri 7 Oct - Chesterfield v Handsworth Parramore - WVH NMU21L - 7.45pm at Play Soccer USA Arena (3G) NG16 3HB
Sat 8 Oct - Hartlepool United v Mansfield Town - EFLYA - 12 noon venue TBC
Sat 8 Oct - Billingham Synthonia v Alnwick Town - Northern League Div 2 - 3pm
Tue 11 Oct - Knaresborough Town v Campion - NCEL Div1 - 7.45pm 
Wed 12 Oct - Mansfield Town v Farsley Celtic - National League U19 Alliance LC - 2pm at Brooksby Melton College
Wed 12 Oct - Ollerton Town v Penistone Church - NCEL Div 1 - 745pm
Thu 13 Oct - West Bridgford Colts v Mansfield Town - WVH NMU19L - 7.45pm Regatta Way NG2 5AT
Fri 14 Oct - Mansfield TownV Rotherham United - EFLYA - 2pm 
Fri 14 Oct - Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 7.45pm
Sat Oct 15 - Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers - EFL Div 2 - 3pm
Wed Oct 19 - Harworth Colliery v Handsworth Parramore - WVH NMU21L - at Scrooby Road DN11 8JT
Sat 22 Oct - Mansfield Town v Walsall - EFLYA Cup - Venue & KO TBC
Sat 22 Oct - Handsworth Parramore v Cleethorpes Town - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Tue 25 Oct - Southwell City v Mansfield Town - WVH NMU19L - Bishops Drive, NG25 0JP
Wed 26 Oct - Brigg Town v Selby Town - NCEL Div 1 - 7.45pm 
Sat 29 Oct - Lincoln City v Mansfield Town - EFLYA - 11AM Venue TBC
Sat 29 Oct - Newark Town v Dinnington Town - CMFL North - 3pm
Tue 1 Nov - Eastwood Community FC v Mansfield Town - WVH NMU19L - Play Soccer USA Arena (3G) NG16 3HB - 7.45pm
Sat 5 Nov - Mansfield Town v Notts County - EFLYA - 11AM Venue TBC (Clipstone & Rainworth MW both at home)
Tue 8 Nov - Derby County v Mansfield town - EFL Trophy - 7.45pm
Fri 11 Nov - England v Scotland - WC Qualifier - 7.45pm at Wembley Stadium
Wed 30 Nov - Romulus v Mansfield Town - National U19 Alliance Div I - 2pm at Castle Vale Stadium B35 7NH
Sat 3 Dec - Mansfield Town v York City City - EFLYA - 12 noon venue TBC
To be continued. 
Watch this space!
However, I am impetuous by nature and prone to straying off my patch, so I might end up just about anywhere on any of the above dates instead.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

AFC Mansfield 4 v Radcliffe Olympic 2 - FA Vase 2QR

Saturday 24th September 2016
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
at the Forest Town Arena
AFC Mansfield (3) 4
Ryan Williams 3
Danny Naylor 36
Gary Bradshaw 43 pen
Oliver Fearon 82
Radclffe Olympic (1) 2
Ryan Smith 2
Scott Litchfield 84
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 49
AFC Mansfield:
Myles Wright, Matty Plummer (Brad Wilson 76), Mark Dudley, Grant Allott (Chris Timons 70), Josh Madin, Danny Naylor (Jordan Annable 73), Ryan Williams, Glyn Cotton (C), Ollie Fearon, Carl Bradshaw, Jimmy Ghaichem.
Unused Subs - Jon D’Laryea, Jason White.
Radcliffe Olympic:
Chris Bennett, Sam Adams, Jan Yeomans (Jake Morris 80), Liam Motson, Wes Spencer, Paul Durham (Joe Hegarty 72), Ryan Perkins (Wes Henry 62), Ian Marley, Scott Litchfield, Ryan Smith (C), Connor Moore
Unused subs - Jake Towers. Matt Fowler.
While AFC Mansfield are chugging along comfortably in mid table, with games in hand on just about every other team in the NCEL Premier Division, in what is their maiden season at such a level.
Radcliffe Olympic currently occupy third place in the EMCL, just one point behind Barrow Town and two adrift of Aylestone Park.
The visitors are based to the south east of Nottingham and have been plying their trade since 1876 and joined the ECML from  the CMFL in 2009.
Once upon a time, a much younger, and far more naive and eager to explore yours truly, turned up in Radliffe-on-Trent one Saturday afternoon by public transport, because I had seen that Radcliffe Borough were at home. Imagine my surprise when I found out that there is another Radcliffe in that hinterland to the north of Manchester, between Prestwich, Bolton and Bury a mere 118 to the north west of where I was. I ended up going to see Nottingham Forest v Coventry City instead... that taught me to plan things more fastidiously and thoroughly in future.
The game kicked off with a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch in the general direction of Clipstone, where Sherwood Colliery of the CMFL South were beating their NCEL Premier Division hosts 3-1.
It would be fair to say that the blustery conditions played a significant part in the opening stages of the game and added a touch of comedy to the opening goal after two minutes, but I doubt if the Bulls rookie keeper, Myles Wright, who has played just ninety minutes with the Under 21 side this season prior to this afternoon, saw the funny side.
A long hopeful punt towards the home side's area looked to be covered by Wright, who'd taken up a position on the edge of his box, but the ball held up in the strong wind and bounced in front of him and instead of taking a comfortable catch, he was left flailing his arms in vain, as it cleared his desperate grasping reach and left the visitors captain with a clear root to goal, which he gratefully took advantage of and the EMCL side were ahead. Albeit very briefly.
Don't go too far, you'll be doing this again in two minutes. 
Within a minute the Bulls were level, when Ryan Williams directed Jimmy Ghaichem's left wing cross past Chris Bennett at the back stick.
From the restart, Wright was caught out with another bouncing ball on the edge of his area, which Smith beat him to in the air and headed over the stranded keeper before continuing his run, but from all of twenty four imperial inches out from the goal line, he scuffed his shot and hit Mark Dudley instead of the target and had to settle for a corner.
To be fair to Wright, he didn't let the two calamities inside the first five minutes get to him and after a few encouraging words from Grant Allott and Mansfield's goalkeeping coach Graeme Rodger from the bench, he barely put a foot wrong again.
Ollie Fearon broke forward from a long, wind assisted clearance, but didn't trouble Gary Bradshaw as he lobbed the crossbar as well as the Radcliffe keeper. The Bulls striker ought to have done better moments later but Bennett got down well to his left to make a save.
Ghaichem broke into the left hand side of the visitors area, but shot straight at Bennett.
Fearon threatened the Olympic goal again, but as he ran onto Williams long pass he couldn't get any power behind his shot and another opening went begging.
Smith went to ground under a challenge in the Bulls area from Dudley, but in spite of some vociferous protestations from a gathering of Radcliffe players, the referee Colin Bailey was unmoved.
Bennett was in avtion again when he kept out a stinging shot from Danny Naylor, but as it transpired, the Bulls play maker was merely finding his range.
Ryan Perkins slipped by a challenge on the right and found Smith with his cross, but Josh Madin read the situation well and cleared the ball away. Ian Marley delivered the resulting corner into the six yard box, but the ref blew up for a foul on Wright.
Ironically, the Bulls keeper almost created a goal at the other end, when his long free kick held up in the wind and skimmed backwards off of Liam Motson's head as he attempted to head it away and fell just wide of the left hand upright.
Wright delivered another long clearance and showed that he had now mastered the conditions by picking out Fearon, who nudged the ball past Motson but couldn't quite keep his effort on target.
The Bulls had to defend two corners in quick succession, with Sam Adams heading the first one wide, while the second was dealt with by Allott.
Mansfield finally took the lead (it had been coming), after thirty six minutes, when Matty Plummer's long free kick was half cleared by Wes Spencer into the path of Danny Naylor, who unleashed an unstoppable shot past Bennett from twenty yards, into the left hand corner of the net.
Radcliffe closed ranks and were keen not to concede again before the break, but Perkins upended Bradshaw with a clumsy challenge inside the visitors area as he challenged for a left wing cross from Ghaichem, giving the referee no option but to blow up and point to the spot.
Bennett dived to his left as Bradshaw placed the ball to his right... and the Bulls had a two goal cushion to take into the break.
HT: 3-1
Bradshaw plants his spot kick to the keepers right hand side
The second half was much less eventful than the first, which was a blessed relief as my writers cramp reached excruciatingly painful levels.
Ryan Williams had obviously been singled out as a creative force by Radcliffe and Jan Yeomans spent the second forty five minutes behaving as if he was the diminutive ex Mansfield Town, Hull City, Wycombe Wanderers and that other team from over the M1's wide man's Siamese twin.
Perkins sprinted forward as Litchfield knocked the ball over the Bulls rigid line of defence, but Wright advanced quickly off of his line and snatched the ball away.
Ghaichem was covering every blade of grass across the final third, but when I pointd this out a critical local hissed "Aye, you're right, probably because he's lost and wandering about!"
It is always interesting to hear contrasting opinions of how different people view games, if nothing else.
The visitors were defending ruggedly as Mansfield sought another goal to kill the game off; Fearon flicked the ball on to Bradshaw but Motson got a foot in and cleared the danger... and when Williams picked out Cotton with a right wing corner, Spencer blocked his twenty five yard shot.
A mystery West Ham supporter won the 50/50 draw.
The visitors weren't ready to chuck in the towel just yet and Smith headed just wide of Wright's goal from Perkins dipping cross.
A great exchange of passes between Bradshaw and Williams on the right, pulled the Olympic defence all over the place, with Ghaichem making up the triangle to release Williams, it looked like game over as he crossed to Fearon, who narrowly failed to connect with a free header and the goal at his mercy.
A glut of substitutions broke up the rhythm of the game and chances were at a premium for a while, but Wright saved well from Adams close range header as the visitors counter attacked. 
While Bradshaw knocked the ball wide from Fearon's knock at the other end.
Plummer and Cotton both created opportunities for each other in quick succession but couldn't quite find the final touch on either occasion,
Both teams scored again inside the final ten minutes, with Fearon heading a fourth for the Bulls after Ryan Williams had flicked a short cross up at a great height for him, after picking up a loose ball from Bradshaw's crashing shot, that had rebounded back into play off of the upright.
Radcliffe gabbed a goal back on 86 minutes, when he unleashed an unstoppable shot past Wright from a Jake Morris right wing cross.
Right at the death, Williams pushed a free kick down the right flank to Bradshaw who crossed into the visitors six yard box, to where Motson will have been relieved to see the ball go wide as he inadvertently got in the way of Bennett, preventing him from punching clear while deflecting the ball past the right hand upright.
FT: AFC Mansfield 4 v Radcliffe Olympic 2
The Bulls go into the draw for the next round of the FA Vase on Monday and they also face Stamford AFC at home in the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round next Saturday.
Does today's victory indicate that the NCEL is stronger than the EMCL? 
Well that is open to conjecture, but in the only other Vase tie between clubs from the respective leagues today, Bottesford Town (who were promoted to the NCEL Premier Division along with Hemsworth Miners Welfare and AFC Mansfield last season) beat Dunkirk 4-1 away from home... just saying!

Mansfield Town 4 v Bradford City 0 - EFL U18 Youth Alliance

Saturday 24th September 2016
EFL U18 Youth Alliance
at Kirklington Road, Rainworth Miners Welfare FC
Mansfield Town (4) 4
Zayn Hakeem 3, Ashanti Pryce 17, 34, Nyle Blake 44
Bradford City (0) 0
For more photos from this game click: HERE
Mansfield Town:
Sam Wilson, Teddy Bloor (Aiden Walker 83), Henri Wilder, Cain Smith (C), Kane Baldwin, Kieran Harrison, Nyle Blake (Devante Reittie 52) Cameron Healey (Surafel Behailu 73), Zayn Hakeem, Ashanti Pryce (Alistair Smith 79), Tom Marriott (Harry Bircumshaw 76)
Bradford City:
George Kenworthy, Jake Maltby, Tom Windle, Sam Wright, Ollie Fitzpatrick, Reece Powell, Ville Mollanga, Kwame Boateng, Casey Taglione, Niall Payne (C), Ellis Hudson
Subs -Ross Mullett, Harry Warren, Christian Farrar, Dan Aitken
John Dempster's young Stags did the double over Bradford City last season, with Cain Smith netting the only goal of a close game at Rainworth, while Ali Smith scored two and Surafel Behailu claimed a third and final goal in a 3-1 win at Rawdon Meadows, with Ellis Hudson scoring a consolation goal for the Bantams.
Mike Whitlow and Mark Peters took charge of the Under 18 side for this game at Rainworth, which was effectively over as a contest after 45 minutes, by which time the home side had stormed into a four goal lead.
Mansfield made the early running through Tom Marriott out on the left. Inside the opening minute the tricky winger sped forward past Jake Maltby's challenge, but having done the hard part and making himself room to shoot, he launched his effort over the crossbar.
But Marriott's blushes were spared when he tore down the left flank again after three minutes and played a slide rule pass into the path of Zayn Hakeem who opened the scoring from ten yards.
Cain Smith and Cameron Healey were fighting for every ball and winning control of the midfield as the Stags kept pushing forward in an attempt to cement their lead, but the Bantams counter attacked at speed and Casey Taglione was unlucky to see his volley from Niall Payne's cross, crash back off of the crossbar.
He was even more unfortunate to come up against Kieran Harrison today, who is playing out of his skin at the moment for both the Under 18 and 21 sides and the Bradford striker barely got another sniff of a goal scoring opportunity all afternoon.
Henri Wilder picked up the ball on the left hand side of midfield and advanced towards the Bradford area before delivering a defence splitting through ball into the path of Ashanti George, who left the Bradford defence chasing shadows before drilling the ball past George Kenworthy to double the Stags lead after 17 minutes.
Sam Wright tried to get the visitors back into the game, but just as he was about to shoot, Harrison timed his tackle to perfection, before taking the ball away from the danger zone, while Kane Baldwin moved across to cover his position. These two are developing a great understanding in centre of defence in Morgan Ratcliffe's (who had traveled to support his teammates today) absence with a shoulder injury.
Mansfield were putting on a great demonstration of pass and move flowing football, with the full backs linking up with the midfield engine room and wide players in an aesthetically pleasing fast tempo manner, that was a pleasure to watch and sweetened the bitter pill coming through from the One Call Stadium that the first team had fallen behind against Grimsby Town.
The Stags were using both flanks well, with Blake and Marriott causing the visitors a lot of problems.
Bloor launch a long free kick into the visitors goalmouth, that Bradford's defence struggled to deal with as Healey chested the ball down into the path of Pryce and Hakeem, but Kenworthy came off of his line quickly to retrieve the situation.
The Stags made it 3-0 in  the 34th minute, when Wright bravely threw himself in front of Hakeem's shot from just outside the area, only to see the ball arc over his head and fall at the feet of Pryce, who took a touch before planting the ball past Kenworthy.
Birmingham City's loss has definitely been Mansfield Town's gain as regards Ashanti Pryce.
Hakeem broke into the Bantams area but his cross was cleared behind by Ollie Fitzpatrik. Baldwin almost scored from Marriott'scorner kick, but Niall Payne managed to scramble the ball away from the Bradford goal.
In the final minute of the first half, with Mansfield still pushing forward in search of another goal, Reece Powell managed to nudge the ball out of the path of Pryce, but only managed to knock it into the path of Nyle Blake, whose first time shot found the back of the net via Kenworthy's outstretched fingertips.
HT: Stags Youth 4 v Bantams Youth 0
The second half carried on in pretty much the same vein as the first half had finished, with the vast majority of the game being played in the Bradford half.
Wright did well to block Pryce's shot from Hakeem's cross at the expense of a corner, Kenworthy saved from Hakeem's close range effort from (C) Smith's through ball and Tom Windle managed to divert Marriott's effort wide of the upright after Harrison had diverted Bloor's free kick into his path.
In spite of him not having an awful lot to do today Sam Wilson, still was alert and focussed and he made a double save, parrying a long ball into his area that moved all over in the ever increasing wind, before recovering quickly and smothering the ball at Talione's feet.
Today marked Wilson's fifth clean sheet in six league games with his only 'goal against' coming in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Grimsby Town. Outfield players often get all of the glory, but Wilson is underpinning his side's title defence this season and his contribution shouldn't be underestimated.
Hakeem executed a 'step over' of sorts, in the middle of the park, before spraying the ball wide to Marriott, who had now switched to the right wing, but as Pryce pounced to put the final touch to his cross, Kirkpatrick hooked the ball away.
Marriott went close when Harrison rolled the bbal intohis path from Bloor's free kick, but Windle blocked his shot on the line.
Maltby air kicked as he attempted to clear the ball on the edge of the Bradford area and Hakeem, who had instinctively anticipated the potential for error, seized possession and raced forward, but shot straight at Kenworthy.
Wilder put on a burst of pace and left two defenders in his wake on the left flank, but found the side netting with his cross.
Surafel Behailu dug the ball out of a congested midfield and played a diagonal pass out wide to Marriott, but within seconds he found himself surrounded by four Bradford players before he could deliver a cross.
Pryce came close to claiming his hat trick when Dan Aitken struggled to clear Harrison's free kick, but Kenworthy plucked his header from under the bar.
Alistair Smith went close from Hakeem's through ball, but Windle managed to get a touch on the ball and steer it past the post.
It was one way traffic as the game reached it's climax but the final touch to increase the margin of victory was proving to be elusive.
The visitors defence now had the added problem of dealing with the lively Devante Reittie, whose pacey movement both on and off the ball was pulling them out of position. Hakeem almost took advantage of the space that Reittie's introduction had created, but the ball clipped off the underside of his boot when he looked odds on to score from close range.
All in all an excellent display of attacking and entertaining football from the Stags youth team as they collected another well deserved three points, to keep them perched at the top of the table.
FT: Mansfield Town U18 4 v Bradford City U18 0

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mansfield Town 9 v Kimberley Miners Welfare 0 - WVH NMU19L (South)

Thursday 22nd September 2016
Worksop Van Hire North Midland U19 League (South)
at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium
Mansfield Town U19 (5) 9
Lots of Stags U19 players
Kimberley Miners Welfare U19 (0) 0
As one sided mismatches go, this was a completely one sided mismatch.
In mitigation, Kimberley had concentrated their efforts this week on a FA Youth Cup match against Leicester Road at the Stag Ground last night, which they won 2-1.
The Stags saw the final ten minutes out virtually at walking pace and barely celebrated any more, as the goals rained in past Ryan Davey at regular intervals.
There are obviously a few decent stand out players among the home sides ranks, but they'll need to be involved in slightly more competitive games than this one, if they are to develop and learn their trade.
That isn't meant as a criticism to Kimberley in any way, shape or form, they had a fixture clash to contend with and had to make a decision as regards their own priorities.
Mansfield for their part, could only play what was in front of them and knuckled down and got on with things in a professional, if not overly exerted manner.
FT: Mansfield Town U19 9 v Kimberley MW U19 0

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Parkgate 3 v Cleethorpes Town 3 - NCEL Prem

Wednesday 21st September 2016
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
at the Roundwood Sports Complex, Rawmarsh
Parkgate (1) 3
Alex Lill 29
Joshua Moore 45
Lebrun Mbeka 81
Cleethorpes Town (1) 3
Brody Robertson 35
Jonathan Oglesby 62
Marc Cooper 82
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 97
Parkgate FC:
Josh Lill, Ollie Yates, Tafadzwa Mumbanya,  Ross Shelton, Richard Hague, Connor Griffin, Lebrun Mbeka, Michael Cuckson, Josh Moore, Alex Lill, Sam Foulds
Subs - Conner (with an E) White, Jake Ashton, Scott Wesley, Andy Higgins, Danny Kabeya
Cleethorpes Town:
Liam Higton, Tim Lowe, Peter Winn, Jack Richardson, Matt Bloomer, Kieran Wressell, Caine Winfarrah, Liam Dickens, Marc Cooper, Brody Robertson, Jon Oglesby
Subs - Matt Kingston, Alex Flett, Lawrence McKay, Josh Sunter
At this rate the NCEL will be receiving recognition in the New Years honours list for services beyond the call of duty to the entertainment industry.
On paper tonight probably looked like a formality as league leaders Cleethorpes Town visited Parkgate, who were in joint bottom place without a point to their name before kick off.
But football isn't played on paper... it's played on Suth Yorkshire blustery nights, in heavy downpours.
And besides, the Steelmen's manager Steve Adams, has been busy strengthening his side with a host of new signings as he looks to steer his tide back on course in an upwardly direction following a shaky start to the season, where a 5-0 reversal at home against Retford United, seems to have been the catalyst for some much needed drastic changes.
Left: Bruce Bickerdike. Right: NCEL Fixtures Pest.
Before I commence rambling on about tonight's compelling contest, I would like to wish the Parkgate FC club secretary, Bruce Bickerdike, all the best for a full and speedy recovery, after a recent fall down some stairs has left him incapacitated, needing an operation and a stay in hospital.
Bruce is one of those people whose considerable presence adds warmth and colour to local non league football's rich tapestry of larger than life and unique, one off characters.
Get well soon pal. I look forward to seeing you out and about again any time soon.
Cleethorpes will have known not to underestimate the Rawmarsh based club, after they came unstuck on the road here last season, see HERE, when I'd boldly predicted that: "You have applaud Parkgate for their performance today; if they carry on playing like that they'll be well clear of the drop zone in no time at all".
Well it's taken a while to actually get around to hatching that particular plan, but anybody who was present at Green Lane tonight, would probably think that those words were more apt after this performance from the Steelmen, who certainly lived up to their nickname and weren't afraid in the slightest of some of the Owls big hitters as they competed neck and neck with their high flying opponents right until the final whistle.
The best league in the world.
In fact, if truth be told; though most people would've been expecting the visitors to win this game quite comfortably; on the balance of play, Marcus Newell's side could probably consider themselves slightly fortunate to head back to the east coast with a point from a game in which they came back from going behind three times.
Cleethorpes started the game well, but Peter Winn drilled a free kick over the bar after Liam Dickens had been fouled and Jon Oglesby, back in the Owls starting line up tonight, saw his left wing cross heading in the same direction.
Josh Lill ran from the Steelmen's goal area to intercepted a long pass intended for Marc Cooper and was forced into chesting the ball away, it bounced into the path of Brody Robertson out on the left, bouncing up abruptly off of the wet pitch, which caused the visitors number 10 no end of embarrassment, as his attempt to hook the ball over Lill and towards the goal failed miserably and he scuffed it in the opposite direction, over the stand that runs for half the length of the Roundwood pitch.
The anticipated one way onslaught never came and Parkgate picked up the ante instead, with Josh Moore seeing one effort go wide of Liam Higton's goal and another shot moments later, was saved by the Cleethorpes keeper.
On ten minutes Lebrun Mbeka saw a narrow gap in the visitors defence and threaded the ball through to Alex Lill, who kept his nerve as Higton came out to block him and planted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net to give Parkgate the lead.
Even the most optimistic and upbeat of locals said "I wish that had happened with ten minutes left, rather than with ten minutes gone". 
Everone agreed universally that his cautious and not entirely optimistic observation was a good point well made.
'Clee' tried to force the issue again; Cooper's long shot was well held by (J) Lill, Liam Dickens dangerous cross from a right wing corner was headed clear by Mbeka. Richard Hague stopped Cooper's goal bound run through the left channel, with a tackle worthy of comparison with Bobby Moore on Pele. Younger readers ask your dad/granddad who these two players who used to represent two countries who were half decent at football, back in the day.
Robertson broke down the left flank, turned and delivered a cross to Cooper, whose long shot was blocked by Hague. Caine Winfarrah tested Lill with a stinging shot that he turned wide and Robertson lost his footing with just Lill to beat when Cooper flicked the ball on to him from the resulting corner.
But the visitors were finally on level terms, when Jack Richardson took advantage of a momentary lapse in concentration by the hard working Parkgate defence and rolled a slide rule pass through to Robertson, who put his previous slapstick finish and belly flop in a puddle behind him and rolled a precision shot past (J) Lill to equalise in the 35th minute.
Moments later, Robertson almost scored again from Winn's cross but his shot was saved.
"Oh well, nice while it lasted I suppose!" espoused the in house eternal pessimist. Ye of little faith!
Josh Moore advanced towards the visitors goal from out on the right, saw four Owls players ahead of him and 'dinked' a dipping shot over them that Higton had to tip over the bar.
Right on the stroke of half time, with the Parkgate faithful seemingly accepting that the visitors would turn up the heat after the break and that their lead had been nice while it lasted, Moore broke forward again... this time the 'Clee' defence had switched off completely, allowing the centre forward a clear run on goaland he gleefully accepted the opportunity to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
HT: Steelmen 2 v Owls 1
Parkgate attacked first after the break, Mbeka played the ball forward to (A) Lill but the Owls captain Matt Bloomer intercepted the ball and broke down the move before playing the ball out of defence.
Winfarrah picked up the initiative, but his shot crashed against Hague and another opportunity had gone. 
The travelling contingent of  Owls fans called for a penalty, but there was very little that Hague could've done to get out of the way of the ball as it hit him and in my humble and unbiased opinion, awarding a spot kick would've been harsh.
Both Cooper and Winn were only slightly wide of target from just outside the area.
The Parkgate number 3 Tafadzwa Mumbanya ('Taf' to his friends), seemingly has a right to roam clause in his contract, because he was popping up all over the place and was close to making it 3-1 with an angled shot from just inside the left edge of the penalty area, but Higton stood firm.
Cleethorpes pushed forward down the left flank and Winn's cross caused problems for the home side's defence, who only half cleared the ball away as far as Oglesby who drilled the ball across the face of the goal from just outside the right hand side of the area and his shot found the bottom left hand corner. It was a quality strike and once more the scores were level after 62 minutes.
The visitors were guilty of missing a couple of sitters as substitute Josh Sunter knocked a decent chance wide with his first touch of the ball and Richardson headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Both Cleethorpes full backs had to get across to cover their central defenders as Moore and (A) Lill both went close.
'Taf' showed some great skill out on the left and delivered a great cross to (A) Lill, but he couldn't get up yo meet it with his head because he was being restrained on the referee's blind side, which kind of offsets the visitors earlier penalty claim and proves the old adage about these sort of things balancing out.
Conner White came on from the bench and was straight in the thick of things as he chased a long knock forward down but was narrowly beaten to the ball by Higton whose sliding challenge, just inside the box had to be executed just right for a whole host of reasons.
Parkgate's third goal was an absolute peach of a strike, when (A) Lill took the ball past two challenges on the left flank before crossing to Mbeka who crashed the ball from 12 yards via the slightest of deflections that barely altered the course of the ball that was already destined for the back of the net anyway. 81 minutes gone, 3-1 to Parkgate.
But the scores were level yet again just sixty seconds later, when Cleethorpes mounted an attack from the restart and Cooper added the finishing touch with a well placed angled shot inside a crowded goalmouth. A real Lincolnshire Poachers goal if ever there was one.
White. one of Parkgate's recent captures from Parkgate was making a good impression after coming on for the last fifteen minutes, injecting new life and energy into the Steelmen's attack, but inspite of the combined efforts of Moore and Mumbanya late in the game, the full time scored remained 3-3.
Both managers were probably pulling their hair out at various times as the goals kept flowing, but what a cracking game that was as a spectacle, topping of a great night in the company of a fine body of men.
FT: Parkgate 3 v Cleethorpes Town 3
For the record, 'Clee' are still top of the league and unbeaten in 10 games, but they now face a ten day break until their next game, while Parkgate have yet another big ask on the horizon, when they visit Handsworth Parramore on Saturday.