NCEL: Armthorpe Welfare edged out in five-goal away thriller; Maltby suffer narrow loss
Armthorpe Welfare fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat away to third-placed North Ferriby last weekend.
The visitors almost had a nightmare start when, with just two minutes on the clock, Tyler Walker’s under-hit pass back to his goalkeeper let in Danny Emerton.
Thankfully, recent recruit goalkeeper Leigh Overton was quickly out to smother the effort.
Ferriby then opened the scoring on 14 minutes when they counter-attacked from a Welfare corner.
Ben Leyland cut into the box and picked out Tom Corner, whose mishit fell to Emerton and he bundled it home.
It was soon 2-0 to the hosts when a speculative shot from Jamie Forrester from 25 yards out was deflected and spun into the net.
Welfare responded with Billy Ball glancing a header wide before Adam Baskerville halved the arrears when he coolly slotted home just before the break.
Hopes of getting on level terms diminished for Welfare just two minutes after the restart.
Emerton curled in an excellent effort from long-range to restore the hosts' two-goal cushion.
The overly-busy Overton then saved Welfare from shipping a fourth on the hour mark when he dived full-length to his left to push away another long range effort from Forrester.
Ferriby substitute Gary Bradshaw then shot just wide before Welfare thought they had reduced the deficit.
Another sub, Jason Crisp, headed against the crossbar and Luke Williams followed up to head in but the goal was disallowed for an infringement in the build-up.
Williams did get on the scoresheet with just ten minutes remaining however.
Josh Bowkett played the ball into the box for Williams to stab in from six yards out.
Overton then kept Welfare in the hunt, denying Corner who was left on his own when Crisp inexplicably gifted the ball to him.
Welfare kept in the game at 3-2, but the equaliser that they craved for did not arrive as Ferriby sealed the points.
A late goal saw Maltby Main slip to a narrow 1-0 home defeat against promotion-chasing Bridlington Town.
The only goal arrived on 85 minutes as Lewis Taylor bundled in from close range.