NCEL: Armthorpe Welfare face anxious wait to discover drop fate

Armthorpe boss Brian Johnston
Armthorpe boss Brian Johnston

Armthorpe Welfare are biting their fingers nails following a 2-2 draw at Garforth Town on the final Saturday of the season.

With relegation rivals Pontefract Collieries winning 1-0 at Staveley MW, it has left Welfare with an anxious wait to see if they have done enough to preserve their Premier Division status.

With Nostell MW and Brigg Town filling two of the three relegation places, Armthorpe now have to wait and see if Pontefract get the win they need at home against Handsworth Parramore on Tuesday which would send Brian Johnston’s side down. Any other result would see Welfare safe.

Armthorpe will be disappointed they didn’t get the job done themselves after twice leading at Garforth.

Stuart Preston gave Welfare the early boost they were looking for ,stroking home a 15th minute penalty after Matt Semley had been felled by the home keeper.

The home side were level just five minutes later when Welfare were caught out by a long kick from the Garforth goalkeeper allowing Curtly Martin-Wyatt to nip in and score.

Armthorpe regained the lead just before the half hour mark, Steve Garner ghosting in at the back post to convert a diagonal ball from the right.

It was all square once more midway through the second half when a free-kick found the unmarked Martin Wyatt to nod in his second of the game.

Josh Schofield had the chance to put Armthorpe back in front for a third time with just under 20 minutes remaining after getting clear on goal, only to roll his shot wide of the post.

Craig Aspinall had a goal ruled out for offside as Welfare pressed for that all important winner, although they were almost caught out in stoppage time as Garforth hit the crossbar.