Heavy overnight snow wiped out almost the entire NCEL fixtures last weekend when Armthorpe Welfare’s trip to high-riding Cleethorpes Town was one of only three games to beat the weather.
Sadly there was no festive cheer for Brian Johnston’s side as they slipped to a third straight defeat and seventh in nine outings on the road after being on the wrong end of a 6-0 scoreline.
Brody Roberson gave the home side an 18th minute lead with Kirk Wheeler tapping in a rebound to double the hosts’ advantage just past the half hour mark.
Robertson left Armthorpe with a mountain to climb with a superb strike two minutes from the interval.
Jonathan Oglesby made it 4-0 on 55 minutes to effectively put the game beyond Welfare.
Three minutes later Robertson went clear on goal to complete his hat trick before Lawrence Heward rubbed salt into the wounds with the sixth 20 minutes from time.
Armthorpe have the opportunity to gain swift revenge when the two teams meet at Church Street in the reverse fixture on Saturday.
After the visit of Cleethorpes comes a trip to promotion chasing Worksop Town the following week. Parkgate are the visitors to Church Street on Saturday, January 17.
After that comes the first of three successive away trips in the space of eight days starting with fellow strugglers Retford United in what is the proverbial six-pointer.
Next up is a midweek a trip to Athersley Recreation before rounding the month off at another of the promotion contenders Heanor Town.
It is also a tough start to 2015 for Maltby Main with ambitious Shaw Lane Aquaforce paying their first ever league visit to Muglet Lane this weekend.
The visitors are aiming to make it back-to back promotions following their elevation from Division One at the end of last season, and arrive in good form having been beaten just once in the last 17 outings in league and cup.
The Barnsley outfit find themselves fourth in the table but 12 points adrift of leaders Tadcaster Albion.
Maltby will need to turn the form book on its head if they are to start the New Year on a winning note.
Mick Norbury’s men failed to record back-to-back home victories during the first half of the season.