NCEL: Weekend washout for Armthorpe Welfare, Rossington Main and Maltby Main

The hugely-anticipated Doncaster derby between Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main turned out to be damp squib.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 1:41 pm
Armthorpe's waterlogged Church Street.
Armthorpe's waterlogged Church Street.

The game was called off due to a heavily waterlogged pitch at Church Street.

Meanwhile, Maltby Main’s match at AFC Mansfield sadly suffered the same fate.

It has been a frustrating time for players and managers alike over the past few weeks, with Armthorpe seeing two of their last three fixtures called off, while for Rossington it was a second successive blank Saturday for them.

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With no midweek matches scheduled, Rossington for one will be keeping watchful eye skywards as they look to get back out on the pitch this Saturday.

Dronfield Town are the scheduled visitors to Oxford Street.

Ben Hunter’s side will be looking for a first league win in seven, although that run is not necessarily as bad as the stats suggest.

Main have drawn four of the previous six but it is those draws, five in all, coupled with five defeats from 12 league outings that are proving costly.

Results elsewhere in the division last weekend saw Rossington slip into the bottom two.

In fairness Main have played fewer games than the teams around them and are 10 points clear of rock-bottom East Hull, who are cut adrift at the foot of Division One with just a solitary point from 13 games played.

There are just three points blanketing Hunter’s side from the five teams directly above them, with Main also having either two or three games in hand.

While weekend opponents Dronfield arrive 13th in the table and four points above Rossington, they too will also be short of match practice having not played since an impressive 2-0 win at promotion chasing Winterton Rangers on November 9.

Dronfield will be hoping to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season, while Rossington will be aiming for a first win in four league outings against Town since an early Declan Howe goal was enough to give them a 1-0 home victory back in September 2017.

Weather permitting, Armthorpe travel to face an out-of-sorts Brigg Town side.

Brigg have lost their last four on the spin, which sees them sit down in 16th spot and just two points outside the dropzone.

It will be Welfare’s second trip to the Hawthorns ground this season.

The previous visit saw Mike Carmody’s men dumped out of the FA Vase 3-0 at the first round stage at the end of August - a result they will want to put right.

Despite postponements disrupting Armthorpe’s promotion push, they do however remain just five points outside of the top four and have an impressive away record in the league with fours wins and just one defeat from six.

Welfare also have a good record in the league against Brigg where they unbeaten in four, although that is spread over four seasons due to both clubs suffering a relegation.

Malty Main take on Barton Town at Muglet Lane in a game that sees both teams in desperate need a of a win.

The Miners have won just one of the last seven in league and cup, while Barton find themselves second bottom in the Premier Division following a run of three defeats in four

FIXTURES

Saturday, Nov 23 - Premier Division: Maltby Main v Barton Tow - Division One: Brigg Town v Armthorpe Welfare, Rossington Main v Dronfield Town.

Wednesday, Nov 27 - League Cup Third Round: Armthorpe Welfare v Knaresborough Town.