GAME OF THE WEEK: Armthorpe Welfare 4 Lincoln Moorlands 1 + NCEL round-up

Richard Smith opens the scoring for Armthorpe.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Richard Smith opens the scoring for Armthorpe. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Armthorpe Welfare were convincing winners against struggling Lincoln Moorlands Railway in a game that Brian Johnston’s side could so easily had doubled their tally.

Welfare’s 4-1 win was the perfect tonic following a 3-0 midweek defeat at Pickering Town.

Richard Smith gave the hosts a sixth minute lead, pouncing after a James Walker free kick had been saved.

Walker then doubled the advantage on 17 minutes from the penalty spot after a foul on Jay Rollins.

Kieron Benson rounded the keeper for the third just past the half hour mark, before the visitors pulled one back through Liam Wright two minutes from the interval.

But it proved to be no more than a consolation effort as Danny Taylor put the seal on the victory with a late fourth.

It saw Welfare climb to 18th in the Premier Division and go 16 points clear of the drop zone ahead of another important game this weekend at third bottom Winterton Rangers.

Armthorpe should go into the game confident of completing a league double, following a 3-1 win at Church Street in September against a Rangers side that have not won on home soil in nine outings.

Rossington Main put further daylight between themselves and the First Division relegation trap door with a 2-0 victory over next to bottom Appleby Frodingham.

Tom Niner scored his first goal for the club, reacting quickest after the keeper had saved to chest the ball home on 54 minutes.

Former Doncaster Rovers academy graduate Paddy Mullen also made the most of a rebound to knock in the second 10 minutes from time.

The victory moved Colliery 13 points clear of rock bottom Louth Town.

And it will put Rossington in confident mood ahead of this weekend’s clash against Grimsby Borough as Steve Brennan’s men look to haul in another team.

Colliery go into the game in 17th in the table, two places and five points behind their visitors.

Although Grimsby won the reverse fixture 5-1 on August Bank Holiday Monday, Rossington have a good record over Borough in the past few season having won the previous five league meetings.

Maltby Main will look to end a run of three home defeats on the spin when they host an out of sorts Liversedge.

The Miners have not won at Muglet Lane since beating bottom of the table Nostell Miners Welfare 2-0 at the end of October.

Indeed Mick Norbury’s men have won just one of the last seven league games, a remarkable 6-4 victory at Athlersley Recreation at the beginning of the month.

Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Barton Town Old Boys brought up a fifth reversal during that time.

Maltby though will feel they can start to get back on track against a Liversedge side they beat 4-1 away in September.

Liversedge are also going through a difficult patch themselves having managed just one win from the last 14.