Local football: Community rallies behind crisis club Askern Villa

FORMER England and Arsenal star Graham Rix has offered his support to crisis club Askern Villa, writes Paul Webster.

Vandals set fire to Askern’s Manor Way clubhouse last week, causing more than £20,000 worth of damage.

Rix, who was born in Doncaster and lived in Campsall before becoming a professional footballer, has contacted Villa and has vowed to help the club through their latest crisis.

The 54-year-old is currently a coach at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in southern Spain.

Villa were targeted by vandals as recently as 12 months ago when thieves broke-in and stole kit, equipment and copper piping.

Local business Pearson Roofing have also come forward to offer their services and skills to help with repairs, while the Co-operative store has donated £200 of stock for the refreshment room.

Adjoining Askern Villa Cricket Club have also offered the use of their tea room for match day hospitality.

Last weekend’s cold snap saw every single Baris NCEL game postponed with frozen pitches.

Villa were without a scheduled game, which at least allowed a little more time to clear away the debris at Manor Way.

The club are hopeful this weekend’s home clash against Yorkshire Amateur will go ahead.

Askern have taken just one point from the last eight league outings, which sees them in the bottom two of Division One.

Despite the baron run Villa are just five points behind their visitors, who find themselves in 19th spot.

With four games in hand, three points for Askern would come as a huge boost for the club both on and off the field.

Rossington Main go to Eccleshill United looking to avoid a third defeat on the spin.

Steve Lodge’s side have a good away record having already won seven from 11 on the road and know an eighth could see them climb to sixth in the table.

Eccleshill, one point and one place above Main in eighth, have seen their form dip over the last month with four defeats in the last five outings.

Armthorpe Welfare have an attractive home game against one of the Premier Division title favourites and current second-placed side Bridlington Town.

Des Bennett’s men have been beaten just once in the last 14 outings in all competitions at Church Street and will certainly fancy their chances of throwing a spanner in the works of the Seasiders’ championship hopes.

Bridlington, however, arrive in good form having won the last four outings on the spin.

Three points for Town would see them go top if leaders Retford United lose at Brighouse Town.

Relegation threatened Maltby Main face the proverbial six-pointer when they host Lincoln Moorlands Railway at Muglet Lane.

The Miners sit second from bottom, one place and six points behind their visitors.

It is a game Maltby simply have to win if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop.