NCEL: Armthorpe’s woes show no signs of ending

Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston
Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston

There was no sign of an end to Armthorpe Welfare’s miserable league run as Brian Johnston’s side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Thackley and then lost 1-0 at Bridlington, writes Paul Webster.

The defeats mean Welfare have now taken just three points from the last 30 available.

Welfare are anchored in the NCEL Premier Division drop zone just one point better off than bottom club Brigg Town.

If there was any consolation at the weekend, it was that at least third bottom Parkgate were also beaten 4-0 at Staveley and so remain just four points ahead of Armthorpe.

Tom Dugdale’s 12th minute strike gave Thackley a 1-0 lead at the interval after a laboured first half from Welfare.

Ryan Farrell doubled the advantage on the hour. Thackley’s leading scorer Mike Garrod then headed in the third from a corner two minutes later.

Armthorpe’s best spell came in the final 20 minutes with a decent spell of possession but it was all too little too late.

On Tuesday night Welfare held firm for 82 minutes at Bridlington before Will Waudby struck the winning goal for the hosts.

Armthorpe now face what looks on paper to be a very difficult month of December.

First of all Johnston’s side round off November at home against Garforth Town this weekend. Town recently dumped Armthorpe out of the West Riding County Cup, running out 5-0 winners.

It may give Johnston’s men some comfort, however, that the visitors have lost their last five away games.

However, December sees Welfare facing four away league games out of five with trips to high-riding Clipstone and Albion Sports.

Then comes a home game against a currently in-form Staveley before going to neighbours Athersley Recreation on the Saturday before Christmas. They round off the month at high flying Cleethorpes on Boxing Day.