Paul Webster’s Northern Counties East League round-up

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ASKERN Villa slipped to within five points of the bottom of Division One after two defeats over the past week took their losing streak to ten games.

Villa went down 6-0 at near neighbours Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in midweek with all the goals coming inside the first 45 minutes.

At the weekend Villa were again hit for six, this time at Teversal.

All that separated the teams at the break was a Colin Cockerill 19th minute penalty.

But within five minutes of the restart Teversal ran in three quick-fire goals through Kyle Pilmore, Adrian Whitmore and Ross Henshaw before Will Harcourt’s late brace complete the rout.

To make matters worse bottom of the table Selby Town won 3-1 at Appleby Frodingham, leaving the Manor Way outfit fighting for NCEL survival.

Askern travel to basement side Selby on Tuesday night for a genuine relegation six-pointer.

Rossington Main slipped to their fifth defeat in six games but can count themselves unlucky to have lost 2-1 at home to promotion hopefuls Cleethorpes Town.

Luke Mascall opened the scoring for the away side after just six minutes when he lobbed goalkeeper Liam Copley from the edge of the area.

But Rossington hit back after 22 minutes when Brandon Fallon swept home Nathan Fraser’s corner from seven yards out.

Mascall restored Cleethorpes’ lead just after the hour-half mark, but Rossington refused to lie down and spent virtually the entire second half camped in the Town half, pushing hard for an equaliser.

Their reward nearly came in the last minute, but the woodwork denied them what would have been a deserved leveller.

Armthorpe Welfare moved even closer to the drop zone in the Premier Division after a 3-1 defeat at second-placed Brighouse Town.

Leo Fortune-West’s men extended their winless run to ten games, when a brace from Ben Charlesworth and a Danny Nadiole strike consigned them to another defeat.

Danny Mansaram pulled one back for Welfare but it wasn’t enough.

Maltby Main suffered only their second defeat in eight games, going down 1-0 at Tadcaster Albion.

The Miners had to play with ten men for the last 25 minutes, after Mark Stewart was sent off for a second yellow card.

They had looked on course for a well-deserved point, before Nick Thompson netted the winner for Albion with just three minutes remaining.