Local football: Armthorpe back in the groove

Armthorpe Welfare returned to winning ways with a comfortable 4-0 victory over bottom of the table Selby Town at Church Street, writes Paul Webster.

Three defeats in a row had seen Welfare slip into the bottom half of the table.

But the victory over a struggling Selby outfit who had lost their last seven outings put Des Bennett’s men back on track for a top ten finish.

Welfare had the ball in the net inside the first ten minutes but Tom Hyde’s effort was ruled out for offside.

However, the home side deservedly went ahead on 25 minutes when goalkeeper Jamie Green’s long clearance was flicked for Craig Wilkinson to nip in and poke the ball home.

Armthorpe doubled the lead seven minutes after the break when a free kick close to the corner flag was only half cleared to the edge of the box where Hyde rifled in a fine low strike.

The points were as good as in the bag four minutes later when Welfare went 3-0 up, Craig Morley unmarked at a corner heading home from five yards.

Henry Sibenge completed the scoring on 65 minutes when he tucked away the rebound after Chris Davies’ effort had rebounded off the post.

Green made an excellent penalty save six minutes later before blocking the follow-up to put the icing on the cake for Armthorpe.

*For a full round-up of action from the Baris Northern Counties East League see this week’s Free Press.