NCEL round-up: Armthorpe edge closer to safety

Matthew Semley takes a tumble during Armthorpe's draw with Albion Sports.
Matthew Semley takes a tumble during Armthorpe's draw with Albion Sports.
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Armthorpe Welfare picked up another useful point in their battle to avoid the drop from a 2-2 draw against Albion Sports at Church Street.

Although a draw saw Brian Johnston’s side slip one place to 18th following neighbours Parkgate’s 2-1 victory against Garforth Town, it edged them two points clear of the Premier Division relegation zone as the four teams below them Brigg Town, Pontefract, Liversdge and Nostell MW all lost.

Albion edged in front through Lewis Morgan on 12 minutes with a low shot from just inside the box.

James Walker restored parity nine minutes later with a fine left foot shot from outside the area.

Six minutes before the interval Dave Buck headed the hosts in front from a corner.

But Albion hit back to equalise midway through the second half when Asif Hussain drilled in a low free-kick from the edge of the box.

Armthorpe face a tough trip to second-placed Handsworth Parramore on Saturday before going to fifth-placed Worksop Town next Wednesday.

Maltby Main came from 2-0 down at Staveley MW to draw 2-2 thanks to two goals from Steve Hopwell.

This weekend sees the Miners entertain Barton Town Old Boys.

In Division One Rossington Main went down 3-0 against troubled Hull United at Oxford Street in what was officially the visitors’ home game.

Main started the game brightly but fell behind when Jamie Richardson rounded home goalkeeper Richard Watson in Hull’s first real attack.

Josh Tennent nodded in the second before the break.

Main started the second half on the front foot only to concede a third goal on 63 minutes through a Gary Bradshaw penalty.