NCEL: Shirebrook Town 6 Rossington Main 3

Shaun Pendleton scored for Rossington in the defeat at Shirebrook.
Shaun Pendleton scored for Rossington in the defeat at Shirebrook.

Rossington Main beat the weather but not Shirebrook Town as they finished on the wrong end of a 6-3 scoreline.

Lee Holmes’ side, however, more than played their part in an entertaining affair in difficult conditions and twice led against the promotion hopefuls.

Defeat leaves Rossington 19th in Division One. They have now shipped 14 goals in three straight defeats.

Adam Shepherd gave the hosts a 34th minute lead, volleying home the loose ball after Rossington keeper Richard Watson had made a fine save.

Main hit back immediately with Shaun Pendleton curling an excellent free-kick into the top corner to ensure the teams went in level at the interval.

A hectic start to the second half saw Rossington take a 50th minute lead when Matt Ellis superbly headed in from a Jason Stokes cross.

Although Matty Ord tucked away a ball to the far post to make it 2-2 moments later, Main went straight down the other end to go 3-2 up on 55 minutes through Jordan Hatton, whose shot took a wicked deflection off a defender.

Shirebrook responded quickly to level the scores once more two minutes later with a goal that had a bit of good fortune about it as Liam Greenfield’s free-kick into the middle seemed to evade everyone before nestling in the back of the net.

The home side grabbed the lead on the hour when Jake Currie made the most of Watson’s poor clearance to chip the ball back over the keeper from just outside the box.

There was no doubt about Greenfield’s second on 72 minutes when he cut inside to find the bottom corner to make it 5-3 before Antony Rowley’s speculative effort from distance put the result beyond doubt

Rossington’s game at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic this weekend has been thrown into doubt after Athletic’s home game against AFC Emley on Saturday and Tuesday’s match with Hall Road Rangers were postponed by the league due to ground grading issues at their new ground at Grimethorpe.

If the match does get the nod it will be a proverbial six-pointer with Main in one place and one point above the hosts but having played four games more.