FARSLEY AFC'S chances of winning promotion in their inaugural season in the Northern Counties East League received a hammer blow on Saturday.
The side which sprung from the ashes of Farsley Celtic last summer find themselves trailing leaders Parkgate by a point, having played three matches more, after losing arguably the biggest game of their existence so far.
Farsley were edged out 3-2 by Parkgate in South Yorkshire, in a match which put the Rotherham side firmly in the box seat in the title race.
But the result was in doubt throughout as Ashley Worsfold fired Parkgate into a 19th-minute lead only to see Roy Stamer level matters for Farsley within 120 seconds.
The hosts then took a firm grip of the game before the hour as Worsfold added his second goal of the match after a Nathan Swindells strike ensured Parkgate had the interval advantage. Stamer's second goal of the game in the 74th minute got Neil Parsley's men back in it, but the hosts held on for a priceless victory.
Tadcaster Albion – who went down 2-1 at Billingham Synthonia in the FA Vase fourth round on Saturday despite a 70th-minute goal from Steve Jeff – are just eight points behind second-placed Farsley and they now have five matches in hand.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Bridlington relinquished a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Amthorpe, who had Leo Fortune-West and Joe Wilcox netting in the second period to cancel out first-half strikes from Ashley Allanson and Alex Rhodes.
Maltby Main capitalised to move above Brid into fourth spot courtesy of a 5-0 thumping of Brighouse Town. Rob Branagan, Adam Shepherd, Chris Wood and Daniel Jones (2) got the goals.
Brighouse's cause wasn't helped by the dismissal of Nicky Boshell.
Nostell were on the wrong end of a last-minute sucker-punch at Pickering, for whom Rob Hawkes added to Kyle Hillier's first-half strike to snatch a 2-1 win. Franck Zalo's 65th-minute effort had looked enough to give Nostell a point.
Selby Town also left it late to grab a 2-1 win, Adam Lee with their decisive strike in the 89th minute against visiting Lincoln Moorlands.
Tom Garrick had shot Lincoln ahead in the 26th minute but Bruno Holden levelled matters four minutes after the turnaround to set the scene for the late drama.
Scarborough edged Arnold 1-0 thanks to Ryan Blott's 38th-minute goal.
Second-placed Yorkshire Amateur closed to within four points of leaders Staveley in Division One after stretching their unbeaten league run to 14 matches with a 3-0 success over fellow high-fliers Barton Town.
The Ammers sprinted out of the blocks and Barton simply had no answer, with the hosts taking control straight away – winning every ball,
intercepting passes and attacking at will. The scoreline reflected their dominance with two goals in three minutes, from Curtis Bernard and Danny Forest – with a 20-yard volley, making it 2-0 after just 23 minutes.
Barnard added his second to make it 3-0 on 35 minutes and, despite a spirited effort from Barton after the break, the Ammers were home and hosed.
AFC Emley also won, 2-0 at second-bottom Appleby Frodingham thanks to goals from Teo Ringrose, in the 40th minute, and Steve Kenworthy, in the 65th. But Eccleshill had to be content with a point at Rossington after finding themselves trailing 2-0 after 39 minutes to efforts from
Bradley Billam and Liam Charlton.
Declan Corby and Marcus Edwards hit back in the second half.
The Evo-Stik League programme was completely devastated by the weather, with only five games involving the region's clubs surviving.
Bradford Park Avenue beat the frozen conditions – and Nantwich Town 1-0 in the Premier Division thanks to Tom Greaves' 50th-minute effort.
Whitby managed to get their game against Chasetown on at the Turnbull, but were caught cold by the only goal of the match from Ramone Stephens in the 76th minute.
Harrogate Railway went down 3-0 at Mossley in First Division North, while Ossett Albion were hammered 6-0 at Chester.
But Goole edged a nine-goal thriller at Carlton Town in First Division South, Simon Harrison snatching a 5-4 victory in the 90th minute. Harrison, Vill Powell and Gavin Allott (2) got Goole's other counters.