NCEL: Paul Webster rounds up the latest from Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main

Armthorpe Welfare are now just a point above the Premier Division drop zone despite coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Staveley Miners Welfare at Church Street.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 7:46 am
Lee Holmes scored twice for Rossington in their draw with Eccleshill United.
Lee Holmes scored twice for Rossington in their draw with Eccleshill United.

Just four points now blanket the bottom four teams after third bottom Parkgate won 2-1 at Retford United.

Armthorpe were seeking a first win in six games but it was the visitors who edged the opening exchanges and took a 25th minute lead.

A long throw into the box was flicked on by Tyler Bell and Adam Lee thump a shot into the roof of the net against his former club.

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Staveley continued to have the majority of possession but neither side created any clear cut openings of note as the visitors took a slender lead into the interval.

Armthorpe hung on in there and drew level on 66 minutes.

A long kick from goalkeeper Adam Stevens found Craig Aspinall who laid off a clever pass for Brad Johnston to run onto and strike a fine shot into the far corner.

Nine minutes later Staveley had a glorious chance to take the lead once more from the penalty spot after Lee was bundled over in the area.

Lee picked himself up to take the spot kick but Stevens guessed the right way to make a superb save.

Lee had another good chance to win it for the visitors late on when he got in behind the defence but the excellent Stevens read the situation superbly.

Rossington Main picked up a good point after twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Eccleshill United.

Main made a lively start and forced the home goalkeeper Mark Bower into two good early saves.

However, it was Eccleshill that took the lead on ten minutes with their first real attack of the game. Alex Cusack cut in from the left to hit a shot that took a big deflection to loop over the keeper.

The home side almost made it 2-0 on 26 minutes when Chris Lever’s header thumped against the post.

But just four minutes later Rossington were back on level terms when a superb passing move was finished off in clinical fashion by Lee Holmes.

Parity lasted just 60 seconds as Eccleshill immediately regained the lead through Cusack, who scored his second of the game with a tap-in.

Rossington were still in the contest and twice went close, with a header and a free-kick, before a richly deserved equaliser arrived on 71 minutes.

Eccleshill failed to deal with a lofted cross into the box and there was Holmes to poke home his second of the game.

Both sides had chances to win it but had to settle for a share of the spoils.