NCEL: Armthorpe hope for some seaside sun, as Main face the leaders

Brian Cusworth
Brian Cusworth

It’s a trip to the seaside for Armthorpe Welfare this weekend - but Brian Johnston’s men will be hoping to bring home more than a stick of rock from their visit to Bridlington Town.

It will be tough test for a Armthorpe side that has won just three times on the road - 4-0 at Lincoln Moorlands Railway and 4-3 at Liversedge, with the last being a 4-0 victory at Winterton Rangers in December.

The Queensgate Stadium has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Armthorpe, who have lost on their last three visits since goals from Henry Sibenge and James Walker saw them leave with a point from a 2-2 draw in 2009/10.

But with Bridlington languishing in mid-table, and their promotion hopes having vanished for another season, perhaps the time is right for Armthorpe to buck the trend.

It will not have gone unnoticed, however, that the seasiders have won the last four at home on the spin in league and cup - without conceding a goal in the last three.

Welfare enjoyed a goalless draw against promotion hopefuls Retford United at Oxford Street on Saturday.

A busy week for Rossington Main starts with a home clash against the Division One leaders Bottesford Town, followed by a trip to out-of-sorts Worsbrough Bridge Athletic next Tuesday evening.

Main will be looking to bounce straight back after suffering a first defeat in 10 games last weekend, a 2-0 reversal at Shirebrook Town.

And there would be no better way to do it by than becoming the first team to beat Bottesford on their travels, with the leaders undefeated in 15 away league games.

Rossington came away with a creditable goalless draw at Birch Park in September, and there has been little to choose between the teams in recent seasons with three wins each from the previous six meetings.

Steve Brennan’s side will also point to the fact they have won the last six on the spin on home soil.

Maltby Main take on bottom of the table Lincoln Moorlands Railway at Muglet Lane in the first of three consecutive home games.

It should see Mick Norbury’s side complete a league double following the 3-1 victory at Newark Road back in September when goals from Brian Cusworth, Sam Forster and Matt Bradley saw Welfare come away with the spoils.

Lincoln are having a torrid season, which looks sure to end in relegation.

The visitors go into the game on the back of 19 straight league defeats, and they are nine points adrift of safety.

Main bounced back to winning ways in fine style following their midweek 2-0 defeat at Brighouse Town, with a superb 5-0 victory at Basford United.

United began the day third in the table, but five first-half goals left them with no way back.