Local football: Rossington ready for Cleethorpes test

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Rossington Main face a tough home test on Saturday against NCEL Division One form team Cleethorpes Town.

The visitors have won the last four on the spin in league and cup, while in the league they have taken 18 points from the last 21 on offer.

Their only defeat came in a 2-0 home reversal against Eccleshill United and they arrive in fourth place in the table.

Rossington have lost the last two at home, against West Didsbury in the FA Vase, and more recently 5-2 against Clipstone when the visitors scored three times in the last six minutes after Main had fought back from two goals down.

But Steve Lodge’s side will go into the game against Cleethorpes in good heart having come away from high-riding Bottesford Town last weekend with a point from a goalless draw.

Bottesford had dropped just two points from their previous seven games at Birch Park, which shows just what an excellent result it was.

And though the home side had the lion’s share of possession, Rossington might well have come away with all three points.

Adam Wisdom had a late effort superbly blocked by the keeper and then in stoppage time Wisdom thought he had bundled the ball home but the officials ruled it had not crossed the line.

With no game for Maltby Main last weekend Mick Norbury’s side return to Premier Division action for the first time since a 4-1 win at Liversdge ten days ago with the visit of high-riding Garforth Town to Muglet Lane.

The visitors arrive having won their last two away at Winterton Rangers then Pickering Town 7-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Garforth are handily placed in the top six as they look to bounce back at the first attempt following relegation from the Evo-Stik Division One North.

But the Miners look in the mood to give the West Yorkshire outfit a timely reminder that the Northern Counties East is a tough league to get out of.

Maltby have won three out of four since Norbury took over from Brian Cusworth, who also appears to have benefited from relinquishing the managerial duties.

The veteran striker took his tally to seven goals in five games since stepping down with a brace in the win over Liversedge, along with efforts from Callum Black and Ben Middleton.