Armthorpe Welfare bow out of FA Cup

Craig Aspinall
Craig Aspinall

Armthorpe Welfare’s FA Cup adventure came to an end at the second qualifying round stage as Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Buxton made their extra quality count.

Buxton prevailed 6-1 at Church Street - including a hat trick from former Armthorpe striker Liam Hardy - in front of a crowd of over 250.

Brian Johnston’s side though can take pride in a cup run that has netted the club £6,425 in prize money and which saw Welfare become the last Northern Counties East League team to be knocked out of the competition.

Armthorpe acquitted themselves well and looked like going in at the break on level terms after frustrating their opponents until conceding two soft goals in the latter stages of the first half.

Lady luck shone on the Derbyshire side when Niall Doran’s intended cross dropped over keeper Will Biggs to give Buxton a 38th minute lead.

Three minutes later Ryan Watson needlessly conceded a penalty and Hardy tucked away the spot-kick.

Two minutes into the second half Hardy nipped in to score his second and Buxton’s third as Welfare switched off at the back.

If the tie was not already beyond Armthorpe, it certainly was on 57 minutes when the visitors made it 4-0 when Greg Young headed in after a rebound off the crossbar.

Hardy then completed his hat trick before Glenn Belezika made it 6-0 on 82 minutes after Armthorpe failed to get the ball away at a corner.

But there was still time for Welfare to grab a deserved consolation goal after a ball over the top was misjudged by a defender allowing Joe Lumsden to run on and calmly place his shot past the keeper for his eighth goal of the season.