NCEL: Armthorpe win; Rossington slip to third loss; Maltby poor form continues

Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston.
Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston.

It’s now just one defeat in four for Armthorpe Welfare, although they made hard work of a 3-2 win over ten-men Glasshoughton Welfare.

Even at this early stage of the season it was the proverbial six-pointer with Armthorpe going into the game in the bottom two and a point behind their visitors.

Troubled Glasshoughton had taken just two points from the last seven games and could only field 10 players from the onset.

Stuart Preston gave the home side a ninth minute lead, turning to curl a fine effort beyond the keeper from an Anthony Ryan pass.

When Preston netted his and Welfare’s second from the penalty spot a minute from the interval following handball, it looked like Brian Johnston’s men would coast to victory.

However, Glasshoughton were back in the game on 48 minutes when Matt Cressey took advantage of some poor defending to rifle home from 16 yards.

Against the odds, the visitors were back on level terms a minute later as Kingsley Wetherald slid in at the back post to convert a low cross.

Armthorpe though regained the lead with what proved to be the winner on 57 minutes. Craig Aspinall tapping in from close range after a free-kick into the box had been blocked.

The win lifted Welfare out of the bottom two and up two places to 18th ahead of what look to be two very difficult games over the next few days.

This Saturday Armthorpe go to in-form Staveley Miners Welfare. The hosts have won the last five on the spin and eight in the last 10-outings with their only two defeats coming in a 1-0 reversal at Rossington Main in the Senior Cup and 2-1 at promotion hopefuls Worksop Town.

Whatsmore, Armthorpe have not beaten Staveley in the last four meetings since goals from Leo-Fortune-West, James Walker and Craig Morley saw them come out 3-1 winners at Church Street on Boxing Day 2011.

Then, on Tuesday, Armthorpe host Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion who have won 13 of the last 14 outings.

Maltby Main’s poor league form continued with two defeats over the past week to leave Mick Norbury’s side with just four points from the 24 available.

The Miners went down 4-2 at Liversedge last weekend coming on the back of a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Pickering Town five days earlier where they had been hit for six on their last visit.

It brought Maltby’s heaviest defeat in over two years since they were dumped out of the FA Cup 8-1 by Curzon Ashton back in September 2012.

The Miners had looked like bouncing back in part at Liversedge when goals from Gary Hibbert and a Declan Dawson 64th minute own-goal had the teams locked at 2-2 going into the closing stages only for the host to score twice inside the last four minutes to deny Maltby a point.

Micky Norbury’s men will hope to half their slide when they take on Albion Sport at Muglet Lane this weekend.

In the corresponding fixture last season the then newly promotion Albion scored twice inside the last 10 minutes to run out 2-0 winners.

However, The Miners made amends winning the reverse fixture 3-2 back in February. Michael Cuckson hitting the 69th minute winner after the hosts had fought back from two goals down after Josh Davies and Oli Fearon goals had put Maltby 2-0 up at the break.

Rossington Main slipped to a third straight defeat going down 4-0 at home against promotion chasing Clipstone - a result that saw the visitors go level on points with Division One leaders AFC Emley.

The visitors had hit a bit of a wobble towards the end of last month losing three on the spin. But, unfortunately for Rossington, they seem to have found their stride once more as a brace in each half from Jamie Smith then Danny Woods saw Clipstone claim a second away win in five days.

Rossington manager Steve Brennan will be hoping his side can rediscover their form starting at Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.

It looks a tough task for Rossington with the hosts looking in good form following a run which has seen them lose just once in the last nine games in league and cup.

But Rossington have held the upperhand in recent meetings winning the last three including a 3-0 success at the MDC Sports Stadium in October last year with goals from Dean Thornton and a Tom Hyde brace and a repeat of that would do very nicely.