Niall the Main man in first win of year

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Rossington Main recorded a much-needed 4-3 victory against Grimsby Borough - coming from behind to register their first win of 2013, writes Paul Webster.

Main, on the back of a run of five defeats on the spin, looked like extending that run when Borough took the lead, but their response was instant and Niall Doyle equalised a minute later.

Doyle scored his second eight minutes before the break with a good left footed finish, and then completed his hat-trick by smashing home a cross from Brandon Fallon.

Although Grimsby pulled one back, Doyle then turned architect for the match-clinching fourth.

Doyle played in Dean Thornton, who sealed the points with a first-time left-footed shot.

Two home defeats in the space of a week saw Askern Villa extend their losing streak to eight games.

First, they lost 4-0 to Hemsworth MW, and four days later they went down 7-3 against Clipstone Welfare four days later.

Armthorpe, too, saw their own winless run stretch to nine games after a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Winterton Rangers at Church Street.

In the bigger picture, however, it could prove a valuable point - Welfare and Rangers were the only two sides in the bottom six to pick up a point, and Armthorpe crept eight points clear of the bottom two places.

As you might expect in a meeting of two teams fearing defeat, the game had few clear-cut chances - but Welfare will have felt they did enough to win, when Leo Fortune-West diverted a Danny Mansaram mis-hit shot against the upright.

Parkgate slipped to a second defeat in five days last weekend, when Maltby Main took the bragging rights in the local derby at Muglet Lane.

The Steelmen were looking to complete a league double over the Miners, who they beat 4-0 in September - but Maltby, unbeaten in nine games at home, clearly had revenge on their mind instead.

Matt Plane nodded in from a corner to give Maltby the lead two minutes before the interval, and it was 2-0 after 61 minutes when former Parkgate striker Brain Cusworth tucked the ball away.

Three minutes later, another ex-Parkgate striker returned to haunt his former club - Oliver Graham tapping in the third at the back stick three minutes later.

The Steelmen managed to pull one back in stoppage time, ironically through a former Maltby player Lee Hill, but it was no more than a consolation effort.

Earlier in the week, the Steelmen had seen their run of seven straight home wins brought to an end in a surprise 4-2 defeat against Glasshoughton Welfare.

The visitors made a flying start, scoring twice inside the opening five minutes, before Sam Smith’s sweet volley put Russ Eagles’ men back in the game.

Ryan Johnson’s 68th-minute own goal, and a penalty four minutes later, sealed Parkgate’s fate before Craig Fletcher bundled home on 81 minutes to reduce the arrears.

Saturday’s fixtures: Baris NCEL Premier Division: Brighouse Town v Armthorpe Welfare, Parkgate v Hall Road Rangers, Tadcaster Albion v Maltby Main.

Division One: Rossington Main v Cleethorpes Town, Teversal v Askern Villa.