NCEL Premiership: Armthorpe’s Smith expects another ‘slog’ at Maltby

Armthorpe Welfare's John Tunney battles with Maltby Main's Ainsley Finney. Picture: Andrew Roe
Armthorpe Welfare's John Tunney battles with Maltby Main's Ainsley Finney. Picture: Andrew Roe

Armthorpe Welfare vice-captain Richard Smith does not expect an easy time when they face South Yorkshire rivals Maltby Main today, writes Michael Burton.

Armthorpe are heading into the NCEL Premiership tie on the back of four wins in five - their most recent victory coming against Main last week.

Goals from Kieran Benson and Danny Taylor settled the tie at Armthorpe’s Church Street ground, with the reverse fixture set to kick-off today at Maltby’s Muglet Lane (3pm).

Despite last weekend’s win, Smith isn’t taking their opponents lightly and says it will be another ‘slog’.

“Their pitch is small and tight and poor condition-wise. They’re a physical team and we’ve got to be committed to the cause like we were today and win those three points,” said Armthorpe’s vice skipper.

Welfare have a had an upturn in form over the festive period with the only blip coming against Brighouse Town.

Smith added: “Things are picking up, we’re working hard in training, and we’re getting lads back.

“We’re gelling and working hard for each other and it’s certainly showing on the pitch.”