NCEL: Latest defeat leaves Armthorpe Welfare staring down the barrel

Action from Armthorpe's defeat at Thackley. Photo: Steve Pennock
Action from Armthorpe's defeat at Thackley. Photo: Steve Pennock

Armthorpe Welfare face an uphill task to avoid being relegated from the Premier Division for the first time ever after a 4-0 defeat at high-riding Thackley.

Defeat left Welfare second from bottom and seven points from safety with just five games to play.

They are staring down the barrel after winning just once since the turn of the year and taking just two points from a possible 27.

To make matters worse their relegation rivals all picked up points over the weekend.

Third bottom Parkgate pulled off a late 2-1 victory over AFC Mansfield, while rock bottom Retford United gained an unlikely point from a 2-2 draw at second in the table Pickering Town.

Barton Town Old Boys, who are just above the drop zone, also beat fifth bottom Rainworth MW 2-0 at home.

Back in April 2007 Armthorpe handed Thackley their heaviest ever league defeat in the NCEL when wining 11-0 at Church Street.

But that was a distant memory on Saturday as the home side ran out comfortable winners.

Mike Garrod gave Thackley a 26th minute lead when he followed up after Liam Copley had made a fine save,

Ten minutes later Dan Braodbent was given too much time and space to rifle home from the edge of the box and send his side in leading 2-0 at the interval.

Broadbent was on the mark again ten minutes into the second half with an angled shot to effectively put the game out of Welfare’s reach.

The away side thought they had got one back when Jack Waldron powered in a header from a Chris Gowen corner but the referee disallowed his effort for an apparent foul.

Luke Robinson completed the scoring 12 minutes from time when he turned in a cross at the far post.

Boss Mike Carmody remained upbeat despite the position Armthorpe now find themselves in.

He said: “We know it’s going to be hard but we won’t stop working to try and rectify our league position.

“Sticking together is so important in hard times.

“When I came in I knew right from the start this wasn’t an easy fix. But I’ve never shied away from a challenge.”

Armthorpe face Parkgate at Church Street this Saturday in what is their biggest game of the season against their close neighbours and relegation rivals.

Defeat would almost certainly push Carmody’s side to the point of no recovery while threen points would raise hopes of pulling off a great escape.

Maltby Main picked up a good point from a goalless draw against third-placed Bridlington Town at Muglet Lane to extended their unbeaten run to four games.

In Division One, Rossington Main return to action at Brigg Town this weekend in what will be their first ever league visit to the Hawthorns Ground.