It’s snow joke for clubs

Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West
Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West

LAST weekend’s snowfall caused a total ‘whiteout’ of all NCEL fixtures, writes Paul Webster.

Though our local sides’ campaigns have been disrupted, their potential fates come the end of the season are a little clearer.

Leo Fortune-West’s first season in charge of Armthorpe Welfare has, so far, been one of inconsistency.

As such, Armthorpe still have work to do to ensure their Premier Division status - they are seven points clear of the drop zone, but have played more games than the team below them.

Craig Morley’s return from injury, however, should see them safe. Armthorpe also have the chance of League Cup glory, facing Parkgate for a place in the quarter finals.

Maltby Main’s relegation fears seem to have been allayed after an impressive run of five wins and three draws from the last eleven league games.

They now sit 15th in the Premier Division, some 14 points clear of the relegation places - and with five of the next seven games at home, they can now set their sights on the top half of the table.

Rossington Main find themselves disappointingly languishing in the bottom half of the Division One table, after finding the net just 33 goals in 26 league games.

Only bottom club Selby Town have scored fewer. Steve Lodge’s men have also suffered a dreadful run of form at home, taking just eight points from a possible 36.

Rossington, too, can sleep easy at night without worrying about relegation; Selby are 13 points adrift at the foot of the table.

Askern Villa will be happy to see the back of this season and hopefully move forward under the club’s new regime.

Failure to fulfil two games, after being unable to raise a team, led to manager Brian Johnston and secretary David Hall resigning from their posts in early December.

David Curtis took over from Johnston as manager with former Brodsworth Welfare secretary Bob Laws replacing Hall.

But it’s not been easy for the new regime after a number of senior players - including the the likes of Mark Vickerage and Jay Rollins - made their exit from Manor Way.

In four games under Curtis, Villa have won one and lost the other three.

Yet despite being fourth from bottom of Division One, Villa have a healthy 14-point cushion over basement boys Selby and have games in hand on all the teams below them.

February is a crucial period for Askern with eight games scheduled during the month.

Six of those, though, are at home - giving Villa the opportunity to avoid an already-troubled season becoming a nightmare.