Former Doncaster Rovers striker joins Armthorpe Welfare coaching team

Mick Norbury
Mick Norbury

Former Doncaster Rovers striker Mick Norbury has joined Armthorpe Welfare as assistant manager just days after stepping down as manager of NCEL Division One side Glasshoughton Welfare.

Armthorpe will hope the appointment of Norbury, who enjoyed a successful spell as manager of neighbours Maltby Main, can help steer them out of the relegation drop zone.

Senior player Ben Muirhead will continue in his role as player/assistant manager, working alongside Johnston and Norbury in the dugout.

With Norbury not taking up his role until after last weekend’s visit of Garforth Town, he missed out on watching Armthorpe win for the first time in 11 league games in a much-needed 3-1 victory.

Armthorpe got the just the boost they needed against Garforth when Dave Buck headed in a James Walker corner at the near post with just 10 minutes on the clock.

There were appeals for a penalty when Dean Conway was sent tumbling inside the box.

Nevertheless, Welfare did grab a second seven minutes before the break.

And this time Armthorpe had the referee to thank as the match official played a good advantage following a foul on Conway that allowed Walker to play in Stuart Preston to make it 2-0.

Garforth got one back on the stroke of half time with a fine individual goal from Sinmi Oyebanji.

Armthorpe defended resolutely as the visitors looked for an equaliser after the break.

After weathering the storm they wrapped up the points two minutes from time when Conway headed in from a free-kick for his first goal for the club since his switch from Maltby in early November.

Although the win was not enough to lift Welfare out of the Premier Division’s bottom two, it did move them to within a point of safety after Parkgate were beaten 4-1 at home by Athersley Recreation.

The win sets Armthorpe up nicely for two difficult away trips over the next week.

This weekend sees Brian Johnston’s side visit sixth-placed Clipstone, who have enjoyed a good start to life in the top flight after winning the Division One title last term, before a trip to Albion Sports on Tuesday evening.