Armthorpe Welfare finally got their first win on the board at the eighth time of asking with a well deserved 2-0 victory over Nostell Miners Welfare, writes Paul Webster.
Armthorpe had gone into the game on the back of a 1-0 home reversal against Liversedge five days earlier adding further pressure for the need of three-points against their fellow strugglers.
This time Brian Johnston’s side did the business in a result that the visitors can have few complaints about and that Welfare will feel they should have at least doubled the scoreline.
But it was the win that mattered most and Armthorpe will now hope it can help them launch a push up the table after climbing out of the bottom two.
Joe Lumsden gave Johnston’s men a seventh minute lead from the penalty spot after the visitors keeper had upended Jay Rollins with the goal coming just a couple of minutes after Rollins had hit the inside of the post from a corner.
Rollins was thwarted in a one on one with the goalkeeper, while Lumsden fired wide with the only the keeper to beat early in the second half as the chances came and went for the home side.
However, Armthorpe finally got the second their play deserved with 13 minutes remaining when Lumsden latched onto a short back pass to put the result beyond doubt at Church Street in the battle of the Premier Division’s bottom two..
Armthorpe will now hope the win will restore confidence ahead of another crucial game this weekend as they go in search of their first points on the road against another of the early season strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare.
The hosts have won just once in nine outings in league and cup this season and will not want reminding the Armthorpe won corresponding fixture 4-1 last season thanks to a Rollins treble and a goal from Kieran Benson.
Rossington Main bounced back from a 3-1 midweek defeat at Pontefract Collieries to stretch their unbeaten home record to six games in all competitions with a 2-2 draw against Teversal.
Yet despite being undefeated at Oxford Street boss Steve Brennan has every reason to feel a little disappointed not to have had a few more points to show for their efforts following what was their fourth stalemate in five league games on home soil.
All the goals came in a 12 minute spell in the first half. Lee Holmes gave Rossington a 22nd minute lead tapping in a cross at the far post. Teversal hit back to equalise three minutes later as Dave Cockerill found space and time in the area to turn and fire across keeper Adam Stevens.
The visitors then went ahead just after the half hour mark through Aiden Harris but it was all square once more on 34 minutes with Holmes grabbing his 13th of the season with a good finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Both sides had chances to win it after the break with Jordan Hatton going closest for Rossington with a superb strike that forced the visitors’ keeper into a brilliant save, pushing the goal bound effort around the post.
Rossington make the short trip to struggling Dronfield Town on Saturday where Brennan’s men should extend their winning run against the hosts. Main did the double over Dronfield last term on their maiden season in the NCE League with a 2-1 victory at Stonelow Road in April, added to a 3-2 win at Oxford Street earlier in the campaign. Furthermore the hosts go into the game without a win in nine and on the back of a six match losing streak.
After coming from behind to beat one of the championship favourites Heanor Town 3-2 at Muglet Lane five days earlier, Maltby Main travelled to another of the title contenders last weekend but this time came away a well beaten side as Tadcaster Albion ran out comfortable 6-0 winners as Maltby tasted defeat for the first time in four games.
Taddy’s signing of former Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jonathan Greening may have attracted the headlines this week but it was young brother Josh that sole the show with a treble that had the Miners reeling.
It was Greening that broke the deadlock three minutes before the break before scoring his and Tadcaster second eight minutes into the second half. Maltby then collapsed late on conceding four more inside the last 17 minutes in which hot-shot Greening completed a third hat-trick in three games.
This weekend Maltby entertain close neighbours Staveley Miners Welfare, who are without a win in three but will go into the game boosted by a goalless draw against league leaders Handsworth Parramore in the last outing.