NCEL preview: Armthorpe bid to carry on where they left off

Armthorpe boss Brian Johnston
Armthorpe boss Brian Johnston

Armthorpe Welfare’s hopes of building on their excellent 5-1 victory at Retford United in the last outing were dashed by the weather with the game at Heanor Town last weekend a victim of a waterlogged pitch.

They will be hoping they can carry on where they left off however, when they go to Garforth Town this weekend in what will be the third meeting between the teams this season.

Armthorpe are also in action again next Tuesday with a trip to 17th placed Liversedge who currently sit just one place but five points ahead of Welfare.

Rossington Main, whose home game with Selby Town last weekend was postponed, travel to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic for what will also be the third meeting between the teams this season with both previous games having finished 1-1 in regulation time.

Willie McGhie hit a second half leveller in the reverse fixture last September to rescue a point after the Briggers had taken an early lead from the penalty spot.

Then in November it was Worsbrough’s turn to come from behind scoring a late equaliser after Stuart Fielding had given Main a first half lead in a Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup tie.

Although Worsbrough eventually won the tie 4-2 on penalties, they were later removed from the competition for fielding ineligible players with Rossington being reinstated.

That could just give the game an extra spark, although Steve Brennan’s men will just be focused on continuing their decent start to 2015, which has seen them win two and draw one of their four games since the turn of the year.

Maltby Main make the short trip to Handsworth Parramore as Mick Norbury’s side look to improve on a run that has seen them lose four and win just one of the last five. Their scheduled game against Barton Town Old Boys last weekend was also postponed.