NCEL: Holmes sweet Holmes as Rossington turn corner

New Rossington Main manager Steve Brennan. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
New Rossington Main manager Steve Brennan. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Rossington Main continued their resurgence under new boss Steve Brennan with a 4-1 win over Grimsby Borough.

Saturday’s convincing victory was the first time Main have won three consecutive league games for two years.

Lee Holmes tries his luck against Grimsby Borough. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Lee Holmes tries his luck against Grimsby Borough. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Lee Holmes broke the deadlock on 33 minutes, curling a free-kick into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Holmes then added a second two minutes before the break with a glancing header.

The second half was only three minutes old when Stuart Fielding latched onto through ball to fire home his first goal for the club.

Conner Southern pulled one back on 72 minutes following a poor clearance to give Grimsby a glimmer of hope.

But Rossington deservedly wrapped up the points when Jordan Hatton tapped in the fourth in the last minute after Patrick Mullen’s effort had been parried.

It saw Rossington leapfrog their visitors into 15th place in Division One ahead of back-to-back games against AFC Emley over the festive period.

Armthorpe Welfare will look to end 2013 on a high this weekend by making it three Premier Division wins on the trot at the expense visitors Brighouse Town.

Welfare eased their relegation fears with a 4-0 victory at third from bottom Winterton Rangers last weekend.

Although Brian Johnston’s side remain in 18th place, they are now 19 points clear of the drop zone.

Danny Taylor set Armthorpe on the road to a league double over Rangers by giving them a 40th minute lead at West Street.

Jay Rollins doubled the advantage six minutes into the second half before grabbing his second and Welfare’s third just past the hour mark.

Craig Morley put the result beyond doubt with the fourth on 67 minutes.

Armthorpe’s last victory against Brighouse came at the beginning of March 2012 when goals from James Stansfield, Joe Lumsden, Ben Muirhead and an own goal edged Welfare to a 4-3 victory.

A repeat of that scoreline against a Brighouse side eighth in the table would do very nicely ahead of a tough looking month.

Maltby Main round off the year with a tough looking trip to in-form Pickering Town on Saturday.

But there would be no better way for the Miners to rediscover their own form against a Pickering side that have hauled themselves up to seventh in the Premier Division table after winning four and drawing one of the last six, while alson hitting 30 goals in the process.

In contrast Maltby’s form has dipped over the past six weeks.

Mick Norbury’s team have won just one of the last eight in the league following last weekend’s bitterly disappointing 3-0 home reversal against a Liversedge side that had previously won just one of the last 15 outings.

The Miners will also be keen to halt run of three successive defeats against the Pikes, including a 2-1 defeat at Muglet Lane just last month.