NCEL: Armthorpe Welfare sign Maltby Main striker Conway

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Armthorpe Welfare boss Brian Johnston has been busy off the field by quickly filling the void left by leading scorer Joe Lumsden’s departure to Evo-Stik League side Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Johnston has snapped up Dean Conway from neighbours Maltby Main.

Conway has hit six goals for the Miners this season, including one against Armthorpe in the 5-2 reverse in late August.

Johnston will be hoping his new striker can hit the ground running as Armthorpe look to haul themselves out of the Premier Division relegation zone.

A waterlogged pitch meant Welfare were left waiting a little longer for the opportunity to erase the memory of their FA Trophy exit against Guisborough Town almost fortnight ago after last weekend’s game at Albion Sports was postponed following heavy overnight rain.

Johnston’s side face another tough looking game this weekend when promotion hopefuls Handsworth Parramore are the visitors to Church Street.

Handsworth arrive on the back of a 4-1 home defeat against leaders and title rivals Tadcaster Albion last weekend, which was a huge setback to their promotion hopes and they know they can ill afford to let another three points slip away.

Armthorpe do not have the best of records against Handsworth, having lost the first four of the six league meetings since the Ambers won promotion to the top flight in 2012.

However, Armthorpe can point to the two meetings last term when they took four points off their big spending opponents.

Maltby Main’s midweek home clash against Handsworth Parramore had to be abandoned in the 17th minute due to fog with the score goalless.

Last weekend the Miners were well beaten, 5-2, at home by Staveley Miners Welfare.

Maltby twice led with goals from Josh Nodder and Jordan Poole before the break with a Courtney Hastings effort sandwiched in between.

Hastings struck twice in four minutes midway through the second half to complete his hat trick to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

That was stretched when Kieran Watson tucked a way a penalty on 74 minutes.

Jamie Brown added a fifth for Staveley five minutes from time.