Armthorpe Welfare return to winning ways as Rossington Main rescue late draw

Jamie Austin's hat-trick helped Armthorpe Welfare return to winning ways as they beat Retford 4-1.
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Defeat to relegation-threatened Swallownest last time out halted Welfare's four-game winning streak in the NCEL 1st Division but they kept their play-off hopes alive at the weekend thanks to their top-scorer.

Welfare's goal lived a charmed life in the opening stages as Retford hit the woodwork twice before Austin put his side in front from the penalty spot in the 38th minute.

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They had the lead until 30 seconds after the restart when George White equalised for the visitors.

Armthorpe Welfare returned to winning ways as they beat Retford 4-1.Armthorpe Welfare returned to winning ways as they beat Retford 4-1.
Armthorpe Welfare returned to winning ways as they beat Retford 4-1.

But 10 minutes later Welfare were back in front thanks to Austin's close-range volley.

Kane Reece missed a chance to extend their advantage when he saw his shot come back off the post, with Austin's follow-up blocked on the line.

Thankfully those missed opportunities didn't come back to haunt the hosts as Rhys Plate's volley made it 3-1 with 72 minutes played.

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Austin put the icing on the cake with a well-taken finish in the 89th minute to score his twenty-first goal of the season.

Welfare moved with thirteen points of Staveley in the final play-off spot but have four games in hand.

Rossington Main remain on track to qualify for the end-of-season contest for the second year running despite dropping one place to third after they were held 1-1 against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Top-scorer Ross Hannah rescued a point for Main in the final 10 minutes after Harley Holt broke the deadlock in the first half.

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