NCEL round-up: Armthorpe and Maltby ready to hit FA Cup trail

Armthorpe Welfare v Worksop Town. Worksop's Matthew Booth and Armthorpe's Stuart Preston.
Armthorpe Welfare v Worksop Town. Worksop's Matthew Booth and Armthorpe's Stuart Preston.
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Amthorpe Welfare and Maltby Main hit the FA Cup trail this weekend.

Welfare travel to Northern League Division One outfit Guisborough Town in a tough-looking extra-preliminary round tie.

Maltby will be hoping to make home advantage count against Wigan Robin Park, of the North West Counties League, after their tie was switched to Muglet Lane.

Armthorpe kicked off the new Premier Division season with a 3-2 home defeat against Worksop Town.

The visitors were unrecognisable from the team that finished fourth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last term before being hit by financial troubles.

However, it took Worksop just four minutes to open their account when Andre Johnson slotted home.

Armthorpe hit back to level inside the first minute of the second half when Kieran Benson drilled home through a crowded six-yard box.

The visitors restored their lead on 52 minutes through Conor Sellars from close range.

Welfare found themselves down to ten men just past the hour when Adam Lee picked up a second yellow card.

Matt Booth added Worksop’s third on 81 minutes before Anthony Ryan side-footed in from close range to set up a grandstand finish.

Maltby made a winning start, beating Nostell MW 2-0 at home.

Anthony Mackie gave the Miners a seventh minute lead, drilling home a loose ball.

And it was Mackie that grabbed the second just before the half hour mark, turning in a Sam Foster low cross.

Nicky Darker went close to adding a third late on, hitting the crossbar after going clear on goal.

Rossington Main had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw in their Division One opener against Hall Road Rangers at Oxford Street.

Main made a lively start with Willie McGhie forcing the Rangers keeper into a good low save inside the first minute, while Shaun Pendleton curled an effort just wide.

There were strong shouts for a penalty when Jordan Hatton seemed to have his legs taken from him as he was about to pull the trigger just before the half hour mark.

Rossington though had to be thankful for a smart save from Adam Stevens, coming out quickly to block at the feet of a Rangers forward.

Four minutes from the break the home side made the breakthrough when Hatton turned smartly in the area to fire into the bottom far corner.

McGhie was denied a second for Rossington on 53 minutes by an excellent save from the Rangers keeper after getting in on goal.

And within a minute the visitors had restored parity as Luke Thompson latched onto a ball over the defence.

The home side thought they had won it inside the last five minutes only for Zack Oakshott’s header to be ruled out.

Midweek results: Parkgate 2 Armthorpe Welfare 1, Maltby Main 2 Glasshoughton Welfare 3, Winterton Rangers 1 Rossington Main 6.