Local football: Concerns for Leo’s Welfare after defeats

Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West

Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West

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Armthorpe made a welcome return to action following the enforced two-week snow break - but Leo Fortune-West’s men were still feeling the chill with back-to-back away defeats, writes Paul Webster.

Welfare went down 4-0 at Worksop Parramore in midweek in a scoreline that somewhat flattered the hosts.

James Green gave Worksop a 20th minute lead after Armthorpe had given the ball away cheaply.

A good spell of pressure either side of the interval should have brought an equaliser with Fortune-West twice going close.

But it was the home side’s better finishing the proved the difference between the teams, as three goals in a nine minute spell sealed the points.

Danny McKenzie scored a brace, and Scott Bates added a goal too.

Last weekend Armthorpe made the short trip to Parkgate, only to return empty handed once more.

Adam Shepherd’s strike, seven minutes from time, sent Welfare to a 2-1 defeat.

Craig Fletcher had opened the scoring for the Steelmen from the penalty spot three minutes before the break.

Armthorpe hit back to level on 51 minutes through Daniel Ferguson, and Shepherd’s late intervention condemned Welfare to a 12th away defeat.

The win was Parkgate’s sixth successive home win in league and cup competition.

Maltby Main eased to a fourth win in their last six games, beating Nostell MW 3-0 at Muglet Lane.

Craig Gladwin scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Miners a 22nd minute lead, and Rob Branagan doubled the advantage with a far post header on 67 minutes.

And ten minutes later, veteran Brian Cusworth wrapped up the points with the third, slotting home a low cross at the back post.

Rossington’s poor home form continued with a 1-0 defeat against Louth Town.

The game was decided in first half stoppage time, when Paul Goodihand converted a contentious penalty.

So there was perhaps justice done on 71 minutes when Liam Copley superbly saved a second penalty - this time taken by Matt Kennedy - to keep the hosts in the game.

However, it doesn’t hide the fact the Rossington have managed just two wins and two draws from 13 league outings at Oxford Street.

In addition, they have scored just 12 times on home soil.

Askern Villa, meanwhile, extended their poor run to seven defeats in eight games after a 5-1 defeat at Cleethorpes Town and a 3-1 loss to Dinnington Town.

Against promotion-chasing Cleethorpes, Brendan Thompson fired Villa into a 28th minute lead before they capitulated.

And again at Dinnington, Chris Brown gave Villa the lead in the 22nd minute.

But their joy was short-lived as Joseph Charlesworth restored parity just five minutes later.

Matt Smith then edged Dinnington in front just past the hour mark, before Michael Trench sealed the points with the third from the penalty spot six minutes from time.