Armthorpe Welfare slipped to a fourth straight away defeat losing 3-1 at in-form Barton Town Old Boys, writes Paul Webster.
Brian Johnston’s side though will be able to take a great deal of heart from the game following a spirited performance particularly in the second half, which deserved much better.
Barton had won five and drawn one of the previous six games but found the going tough against a determined Welfare side that might well had taken the lead but for the woodwork denying Jay Rollins.
And lady luck wasn’t on Armthorpe’s side on 29 minutes when goalkeeper Liam Copley made a fine save only for Gareth Barlow to force home the loose ball to give Barton the lead.
Six minutes later the hosts doubled their advantage as Alex Sherwood was left with a tap in from a square ball across the box.
However, Welfare were back in the game just before the hour. An in-swinging corner was missed by the home keeper but not by Adam Lee lurking at the back post to steer home from six yards.
The goal breathed new life into Johnston’s side as they began to gain the upper hand and Welfare will feel they had done enough to earn a share of the spoils. Football though can be such a cruel game at times, and in stoppage time Barton broke to wrap up the points as Ashley Lattimore steered home after the ball had been pulled back from the byline.
Armthorpe face promotion hopefuls and managerless Handsworth Parramore at Church Street this weekend.
The visitors somewhat surprisingly sacked manager Russ Eagle just before last weekend’s 4-0 home win over Garforth Town. Such are the ambitions of some clubs; it appears Eagle paid the price for just one win in the previous four league outings.
* Rossington Main have experienced the highs and lows of football over the past week that saw Main progress in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup but then slipped to a sixth successive away defeat in all competitions at Division One at leaders AFC Emley.
Tom Hyde’s deflected 18-yard effort on 67 minutes saw Rossington dump out Premier Division Staveley Miners Welfare 1-0 to book their place in the third round of the Senior Cup.
However, what was always going to be a tough trip to Emley proved to be exactly to be the case as Steve Brennan’s side came away well beaten, 4-0.
Lee Holmes had a half chance on 16 minutes only to scuff his shot across goal. Emley though eventually made their pressure pay going 1-0 up on 29 minutes through Mike Tunnacliffe’s neat chip inside the box. Max Leonard added a second three minutes before the break slotting into the bottom corner following Antony Brown‘s fine run and cross.
Brown then got his name on the scoresheet with the third on 64 minutes to put the game beyond Rossington with the hosts adding a fourth two minutes from time as the unfortunate Zack Oakshott diverted the ball into his own net.
Rossington have the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways this weekend when struggling Grimsby Borough come to Oxford Street.
The visitors arrive second from bottom and with just one win from 11 outings, which have seen them concede 51 goals. Whatsmore, Rossington have a good record against Borough having won the last three meetings at Oxford Street.
* It’s been a week to forget for Maltby Main after the Miners saw their FA Vase replay against Dronfield Town abandoned in the closing stages.
The Miners slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against Athersley Recreation last weekend in a game that saw Mick Norbury’s side finish with eight men.
In their FA Vase replay, Maltby had turned round a 1-0 deficit at the break to go 3-1 up against Dronfield. But with three minutes remaining amidst ugly scenes the referee sent off Maltby’s Rob Branagan along with Dronfield’s Carlton Dickinson and called a halt to proceedings, while with the visitors’ player Will Earl was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after allegedly being kicked.
The Miners were hoping to put everything behind them with a win over Athersley and they looked on their way to doing so when Ben Thornton’s low strike gave them a fifth minute lead.
Daniel Joynes though levelled matters up on 25 minutes before Main were suddenly down to ten men six minutes later as Nicky Darker was show a straight red for retaliation.
Josh Moore nodded Athersley in front on 55 minutes and before Lee Jordan equalised slotting home a ball into the box just past the hour.
The visitors scored what proved to be the winner on 69 minutes with Joynes rifling in his second of the game from the edge of the box.
The afternoon got worse for Maltby when Antony Mackie was red carded on 88 minutes with Tom Coker then sent off in time added for deliberate hand ball in the area but Ben Brunt pulled off a smart save from the spot to deny Athersley a fourth.
This weekend The Miners will hope to return to winning ways at Garforth Town, who are unbeaten in the last five on home soil.
Maltby’s FA Vase tie is to be replayed on Oct 22 at Muglet Lane, 7.45pm.
Saturday, October 18 (3pm unless stated)
Premier Division: Armthorpe Welfare v Handsworth Parramore, Garforth Town v Maltby Main.
Division One: Rossington Main v Grimsby Borough.
Tuesday, October 21 (7.45 KO unless stated).
Division One: Rossington Main v Louth Town.