NCEL: Clubs look to FA Vase to brighten up their season

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Armthorpe Welfare, Rossington Main and Maltby Main all hope to give their stuttering seasons a boost in the FA Vase this weekend.

Armthorpe, second bottom in the NCEL Premier Division, take on North West Counties Premier Division side Bootle in the second qualifying round at Church Street.

Rossington make the trip to West Didsbury & Chorlton of the NWC Premier Division, while Maltby make the short trip to Dronfield Town.

Armthorpe slipped back into the bottom two following a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare.

Welfare suffered an early blow when they lost leading scorer Joe Lumsden with a knee injury in the seventh minute.

Brian Johnston’s men were looking to bounce back from a 3-0 home defeat against promotion chasing Heanor Town five days earlier but soon found themselves behind on 10 minutes through Kyle Sambrook’s 18-yard effort.

Glasshoughton doubled their lead six minutes later when from a corner the ball appeared to go in off the head of Armthorpe defender Andy Walkden.

The visitors upped their game after the break but it wasn’t until the 71st minute that Armthorpe pulled one back. Jordan Hardman’s clever through ball sent Adam Lee away to neatly lob the keeper.

But it proved in vain as Armthorpe slipped to a fourth defeat in five.

Rossington slipped to a fourth successive away defeat with a surprise 1-0 reversal at struggling Dronfield Town.

Stuart Fielding conceded a penalty nine minutes from time, which was confidently dispatched by Nick Horsfield to give the hosts a long awaited first win of the season.

Rossington will look to make progress on two cup fronts over the next week and go into this weekend’s game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 home win over Penistone Church.

Following Saturday’s FA Vase clash, next up for Rossington is the Sheffield Senior Cup on Tuesday when they take on Premier Division side Staveley MW in a second round tie at Oxford Street.

Maltby went down to a third successive defeat when beaten 2-1 at home by Staveley MW last weekend.

Ryan Damms gave the visitors a 25th minute lead against the run of play from the penalty spot following Mohammed Hamid’s indiscretion in the area.

The Miners though deservedly equalised six minutes into the second half when Ben Thornton finished with aplomb from Danny Riley’s through ball.

It looked like the home side would go on and win it from there, but they were rocked 16 minutes from time when Ross Goodwin tapped in from a couple of yards following a goalmouth scramble.

Wilf Race, meanwhile, has been appointed as Maltby’s new chairman.

Race is a familiar figure to the Muglet Lane faithful having previously had two spells as manager as well as Director of Football.