NCEL: Retford United 1 Armthorpe Welfare 5

Joe Lumsden (right) scored a hat trick in Armthorpe's win at Retford.
Joe Lumsden (right) scored a hat trick in Armthorpe's win at Retford.

Armthorpe Welfare recorded their first win in two months by winning 5-1 at relegation rivals Retford United.

Welfare’s victory ended a run of five defeats on the trot and saw them move three points clear of 19th placed Retford.

It had already been a traumatic week for the hosts after they parted company with manager Paul Ward and then saw Russ Eagle do a quick U-turn just 24 hours after being named as Ward’s successor, which led to the first team chairman and committee resigning.

Armthorpe though were in no mood to show any sympathy to their opponents, as Joe Lumsden’s first half hat trick set up what was a big win in Welfare’s fight to retain their Premier Division status.

Lumsden gave Armthorpe a 10th minute lead with a good finish after making his way into the left side of the area.

He then doubled the advantage on the half hour mark from the penalty spot, confidently sending the keeper the wrong way after Brad Johnston had been bundled over.

Six minutes later Lumsden completed his hat trick after being put in on goal from brother Billy’s precise pass to score with a neat sidefoot finish into the far corner.

Retford’s task became all the more difficult when they had former Welfare man Craig Morley, who was one of seven ex-Armthorpe players in the home side’s starting eleven, was sent off for foul and abusive language two minutes after the break.

The home side nevertheless enjoyed their best spell of the game, pulling a goal back on 54 minutes when two former Welfare players combined with James Walker’s cross being tapped in by Adam Lee.

Armthorpe, however, wrapped up the point with two late goals.

Substitute Stuart Preston knocked in the rebound after the keeper had done well to save Kieran Benson’s effort to restore the three-goal cushion with three minutes remaining.

Then Preston was in the right place once more, nodding in at the far post for the fifth deep into time added on.

Armthorpe are on the road again this weekend at Athersley Recreation. Welfare will be looking for their first league victory over Athersley after the Barnsley outfit completed a league double over Armthorpe last term in their first season in the top flight.