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Parkgate's new signings take in Premier Division match

19th April, 2018

Despite the disappointment in a 1-0 home defeat to Staveley Miners Welfare on Monday, Parkgate welcomed 22 new players and supporters to their growing family.

The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side has linked up with Social Eyes, Rotherham, and the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust to form a new team for adults with moderate learning disabilities and autism.

And, the new recruits ran the rule over the facilities at Roundwood before watching the first half of the game between the Steelmen and the Trojans, a vital match in the home side's battle to stay in the top flight.

Welcomed by Parkgate chairman Albert Dudill, the guests took advantage of a few photo opportunities before walking onto the pitch with both teams, then taking part in the pre-match handshakes.

They then gave the team in red loud backing from behind the goal - it was not quite enough, on this occasion at least, to get Billy Foxís team over the line but it wonít be long before they are back at Green Lane.

Social Eyes Manager and Millers supporter Claire Hobson thought that, result aside, the evening was a great success: "We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening - shame about the score line - and I know the service users will be so excited about their experience."

The team has applied for grant support from the FAís Grow the Game funding and will use the facilities at Green Lane for training where they will be coached by Rotherham Unitedís Jack Pitchford.

Parkgate have also thanked the players, management and committee from Staveley Miners Welfare for their help in making the visit such a success.

(Story Source: Parkgate)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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