NCEL round-up: Armthorpe Welfare, Rossington Main and Maltby Main search for first league win
It has not been the sort of start to the 2016/17 season that the three local teams wanted.
Armthorpe Welfare, Rossington Main and Maltby Main all crashed to defeats at the weekend and are without a win in six league outings between them.
Armthorpe were thumped 5-0 at Liversedge in a game in which they were outmuscled.
And it didn’t get any better for them on Tuesday night when they lost 4-0 at home to Handsworth Parramore.
Against Liversedge, Welfare failed to muster a shot on goal in the first half in which they trailed to a Vaughan Redford’s 27th minute goal.
Rhys Davies doubled the lead four minutes into the second half before Joey Walton, who had caused the Armthorpe defence problems all afternoon, headed in the third.
The visitors at least managed a couple of shots on target but never really looked like getting back in the game.
And the result was put beyond doubt when Tom Jackson stroked home the fourth, before a defence mix-up allowed Steve Wales to added the fifth six minutes from time to complete a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Brian Johnston’s side.
Maltby suffered a second successive home defeat as they lost 3-1 to a Athersley Recreation side that had lost the last four meetings in league and cup against the Miners.
Athersley’s Kai Hancock continued his early season scoring form, bagging a brace inside the opening 24 minutes to put the visitors in control.
Maltby were back in the game when Craig Mitchell pulled one back three minutes before the interval.
But Athersley restored the two-goal cushion with man of the moment Hancock completing his hat trick six minutes from time for his sixth goal in three outings.
Maltby also went down 3-2 at Garforth Town on Tuesday night. Mitchell and Oliver Lawrence found the net for the Miners.
Armthorpe and Maltby meet at Church Street this weekend. Not only are the bragging rights at stake but Armthorpe will be seeking a first league win in six meetings between the teams.
Welfare’s last victory came in January 2014 when goals from Kieran Benson and Daniel Taylor gave them a 2-0 victory at Church Street.
Armthorpe suffered a 6-0 defeat in the reverse fixture just a week later and have since drawn one and lost four against their neighbours.
Rossington Main suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday.
But they did record a confidence boosting 4-1 win at Shirebrook Town in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
Nathan Keightly, direct from a corner, and an Adam Walsh header had Welfare 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes.
Main pulled one back on 27 minutes when Regan Kelly volleyed home.
It was all square eight minutes later as Chris Savage slotted home after rounding the goalkeeper.
With the game back in the balance it was Glasshoughton who snatched the decisive fifth through an Adam Hayton penalty ten minutes into the second half following a foul by Niall Doyle.
Main almost rescued a point late on when Jason Stokes flashed a shot narrowly wide of the upright.
Rossington bounced back at Shirebrook as goals from Stokes, Doyle, Jack Johnson and Kelly sent them through to the second round of the League Cup.
Main face Winterton Rangers at Oxford Street on Saturday hoping to pick up their first league win of the season.
The visitors suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, losing 3-2 at home against Hall Road Rangers, after starting out with victories at Dronfield Town and at home in the League Cup against Yorkshire Amateur.