Rossington Main’s poor start to the year continued, after two home defeats in the past week left them without a point to date in 2013, writes Paul Webster.
Main lost 4-1 in midweek against Hemsworth MW, with Scott Maughan on the scoresheet.
They followed that up with a 4-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Shirebrook Town.
Main were 3-0 down inside 22 minutes, and didn’t muster their first effort on goal until two minutes from time.
Askern Villa, too, are in the middle of a slump of their own.
They crashed to their sixth successive defeat when Knaresborough Town beat them 4-1.
Bottom club Selby’s shock 4-0 win at Hallam saw Villa slip deeper into relegation trouble.
Villa now sit second bottom on goal difference.
They still hold an eight-point cushion over Selby, but now have lost ten of their last eleven games.
Armthorpe Welfare’s winless streak now stands at eight games, after a 3-0 home loss to title-chasing Bridlington Town last weekend.
There were encouraging signs in that game, however, that Leo Fortune-West’s men can end their slump against fellow strugglers Winterton Rangers on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, a depleted Welfare side were beaten 6-2 at Pickering Town.
James Walker’s 39th minute strike cancelled out the home side’s opener, only for Pickering to regain the lead two minutes later.
Walker didn’t appear for the second half after picking up an injury, and the home side ran in four more goals before Jay Rollins reduced the arrears three minutes from time.
Maltby Main slipped to a first defeat in five, going down 2-0 at Pickering Town.
It might well had been a different outcome had Brian Cusworth’s effort midway through the first half not be ruled out in what was a borderline offside decision.
Pickering made the most of the let-off, to take the lead through Liam Shepherd two minutes before the half-time break.
The Miners looked likely to seal a point with an equaliser, before Town’s Steve Baxter sealed the points in the 88th minute.