Local football: Concerns over the Welfare of quartet

Armthorpe's Jonothan Mirfin scores a penalty against Glossop North End. Picture: Andrew Roe
Armthorpe's Jonothan Mirfin scores a penalty against Glossop North End. Picture: Andrew Roe

Armthorpe Welfare boss Brian Johnston is sweating on the fitness of several key players ahead of this weekend’s trip to Parramore.

David Buck, Chris Davies, Jay Rollins and central defender Tom Dorgan all missed last Saturday’s game against Glossop North End at Church Street, as Welfare crashed out of the FA Cup with a heavy 4-1 defeat.

Armthorpe's Ben Muirhead fires in a shot against Glossop North End. Picture: Andrew Roe

Armthorpe's Ben Muirhead fires in a shot against Glossop North End. Picture: Andrew Roe

And the quartet are facing a race against time to be fit as Johnston’s charges prepare to travel to Parramore, one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.

Johnston will, however, have Darren Mansaram back available for selection after a three-match suspension.

Welfare, who picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 midweek victory at Nostell, will be aiming to pick up their first ever point against Parramore.

Parramore prevailed in both meetings between the two sides last season, by 4-0 and 3-0 margins.

Crashing out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle hurt Welfare financially, too, as they missed out on a much-needed windfall of £1,500.

Rossington Main, meanwhile, will go into Saturday’s derby against neighbours Worsbrough Bridge Athletic at Oxford Street with confidence restored, after a 2-1 win at Dinnington Town last weekend.

Tom Hyde is the man in form, netting both goals against Dinnington before the prolific Liam Cartledge pulled one back for Town.

Worsbrough, though, will present Rossington with their sternest test of the season, and were undefeated at home last term.

Only their patchy away form, which saw 12 defeats on the road, cost them a shot at promotion, and they will be keen to try and go one better this time around.

Last season’s unbeaten run at home included a 3-1 win over Rossington, before repeating the scoreline in the reverse fixture at Oxford Street in April.

Maltby Main face a tough test this weekend, against in-form Albion Sports at Muglet Lane.

Albion have made a solid start to life in the Premier Division, after winning the Division One title last season, and won both their opening two league games, as well as enjoying a 2-0 win over North Shields in the FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round last weekend.

Maltby, meanwhile, will be keen to get their season back on track.

Since winning their opening-day encounter 4-2 against Heanor Town, the Miners - who hosted early pacesetters Retford United last night - have suffered back-to-back defeats, losing 3-2 at Thackley in midweek and then crashing 4-1 to Congleton Town in the FA Cup.