Welfare’s Bennett bows out in style

Armthorpe's Des Bennett celebrates against Pickering. Picture: Andrew Roe
Armthorpe's Des Bennett celebrates against Pickering. Picture: Andrew Roe

FORMER Doncaster Rovers striker Leo Fortune-West is favourite to replace Des Bennett in the Armthorpe Welfare hot seat.

Bennett marked his final game in charge of Armthorpe Welfare by featuring in a memorable 3-1 win over Pickering Town at Church Street last weekend.

He is standing down as manager to concentrate on his business interests and to spend more time with his family.

The Welfare boss named himself in the starting eleven and played for 81 minutes before departing the field of play - although not before making a telling contribution.

Bennett’s exit ends his 24-year association with Armthorpe, of which the last 13 years have been served as manager.

Fortune-West, a player-coach at the club, has been linked with the vacant managerial post.

Armthorpe are hopeful of making an early appointment as they begin their search for Bennett’s successor.

Welfare ended the season on a winning note against Pickering and ended a run of four defeats on the spin in the process.

They grabbed the initiative in the last minute of the first half.

Paul Ashton skipped past two challenges before planting a low effort inside the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Pickering levelled on 63 minutes when they broke down the right and Carl Stewart volleyed home a cross from six-yards out.

Welfare, however, regained the lead with 20 minues remaining - with the help of their legendary boss.

Henry Sibenge sent over a cross that Bennett expertly chested down before laying the ball off for Dave Buck to find the net on his return to the side after two months out with injury.

With seven minutes remaining Armthorpe wrapped up the points with a third goal.

Buck this time turned provider crossing from the left for Sibenge to head home after the ball had looped up off a defender.