NCEL: Armthorpe fail to replicate cup form in league

Craig Aspinall
Craig Aspinall

Armthorpe Welfare’s poor league run continued with a 2-0 defeat at Pickering Town.

The loss followed on from a 5-1 home reverse against Barton Town Old Boys five days earlier.

While Brian Johnston’s side enjoyed a good FA Cup run and are also still involved in the FA Vase, their league form is a cause for concern.

Welfare have lost the last three on the spin and have picked up just seven points in 11 games, which leaves them second from bottom in the Premier Division.

Pickering are proving to be a bogey side for Armthorpe, particularly at the Recreation Ground where Welfare have failed to win since 2002.

And it proved another fruitless journey as goals early in the first half then midway through the second sent Johnston side home pointless.

The home side went in front on 12 minutes. Welfare’s defence were slow to react to a ball into the middle, leaving Ryan Cooper to slot home.

Craig Aspinall had Armthorpe’s best chance in the first half but the home keeper bravely charged down his effort from 12 yards.

Welfare continued to probe for an equaliser in the second half as Tom McLaughlin, Joe Lumsden and Dave Buck tested the keeper.

However, Pickering grabbed a second on 70 minutes through Ged Dalton following a scramble in the box at a corner.

There was still time for Armthorpe’s day to get worse as Aspinall saw red in the final minutes for foul and abusive language.

It has been a mixed week for Maltby Main who ended a run of the league defeats on the spin by winning 2-1 at Brigg Town, only to lose 1-0 at home against Garforth Town last weekend, the Miners’ third home defeat in five.

Michael Cuckson gave Malty the perfect start at Brigg with a goal after just three minutes.

Bottom of the table Brigg looked to have rescued a point through Zak Bratton’s lob on 80 minutes but with just two minutes remaining veteran striker Brian Cusworth popped up with the winner.

Garforth Town arrived at Muglet Lane as one of the form teams and it was the visitors that came out on top as the West Yorkshire side continued their march up the table thanks to Mark Simpson’s 12th goal of the season.