Rossington Main retain Northern Counties East League status

Lee Holmes scored his 200th goal for Rossington Main on Saturday.
Lee Holmes scored his 200th goal for Rossington Main on Saturday.

Rossington Main have retained their place in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League.

Main suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Selby Town at the weekend but they were thrown a lifeline elsewhere.

Division One bottom club Lincoln Moorlands Railway have resigned from the league with immediate effect, meaning all their results have been expunged.

That means just one side will be relegated at the end of the season.

And the team going down are Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, whose relegation was confirmed following a 7-0 home defeat to AFC Emley on Tuesday night.

The Barnsley side have three games to play but now trail second-bottom Rossington by ten points.

Main were beaten by Selby on Saturday but the game proved to be a memorable one for player boss Lee Holmes, who notched his 200th goal for the Oxford Street club.

Rossington complete their fixture calendar this weekend with a trip to Eccleshill United.

Boss Holmes will hope to end the campaign on a victorious note and complete a double over United, who have lost just once in their last eight.

Premier Division Armthorpe Welfare will be looking to bounce back from their first league defeat in six when they host Thackley this weekend.

Welfare lost 5-0 at title hopefuls Handsworth Parramore in a scoreline that flattered the hosts somewhat.

Brian Johnson’s side were very much in the game until the last 14 minutes when Handsworth ran in four goals.

Welfare had gone into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Barton Town Old Boys less than 48 hours earlier when Stuart Preston’s 64th minute equaliser cancelled out the hosts’ first half opener.

Armthorpe have slipped one place to 18th after relegation rivals Parkgate won 1-0 at Clipstone.

However, Johnston’s men remain three points clear of the bottom three ahead of what is a huge week as Welfare look to secure their Premier Division status.

Armthorpe host mid-table Thackley this weekend who have won jut one of their last six league outings.

However, Thackley have won on their last four league visits to Church Street since a Ben Muirhead double saw Armthorpe run out 2-1 winners in January 2011, although Welfare’s recent run suggests they are more than capable of taking all three points.

And then next up is a crunch relegation showndown with Livesedge on Tuesday in what is surely a must-win game, before rounding off a busy week with a tough trip to title-chasing Tadcaster Albion next Thursday.