Mixed fortunes for Armthorpe ahead of big FA Cup trip

Ben Muirhead in action against Worksop.
Ben Muirhead in action against Worksop.

Armthorpe Welfare suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of high-flying Worksop Town.

But they warmed up for this weekend’s FA Cup trip to AFC Liverpool by holding league leaders Tadcaster Albion to a 1-1 draw at Church Street on Tuesday night.

Defeat on Saturday condemned Brian Johnston’s side to a third straight league defeat on home soil where their only success this term has come in the 1-0 FA Cup victory over New Mills.

Worksop have aspirations of landing the Premier Division title this season and made it maximum points from three away trips.

The visitors dominated the early possession but Armthorpe might have gone in front when Tom McLoughlin worked a decent opening in the 16th minute only for his effort to fizz over the bar.

Worksop made the breakthrough on the half hour mark when Connor Higginson rounded off a good move with a neat finish into the bottom corner.

The goal arrived just a few minutes after Armthorpe had lost central defender Richard Smith with an injury.

Leigh Overton in the Armthorpe goal made two fine saves to keep his side in the game.

However, Worksop grabbed a second on the stroke of half time when Kyle Jordon got the final touch to a low cross.

It was all over bar the shouting on 70 minutes when Armthorpe conceded a third, Mitch Husbands with a simple close range finish.

Overton produced another excellent save, pushing a bullet header at full stretch over the bar at a corner.

Worksop though grabbed a fourth in the 90th minute with Husbands applying the finishing touch to a cross for his second of the game.

Welfare gained a very creditable draw against Tadcaster with goals from Kieran Benson and James Walker.

They will be hoping to carry on where they left off on Merseyside on Saturday when Johnston’s men visit AFC Liverpool in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

Welfare have knocked Liverpool out of the competition twice in recent seasons, winning 3-1 at the same stage two seasons ago at Church Street.