NCEL: Armthorpe aim to find cure for travel sickness

Armthorpe's Kieran Benson.
Armthorpe's Kieran Benson.

Armthorpe Welfare will go in search of a first away win in seven games when they visit struggling Liversedge this weekend.

Brian Johnston’s side have not won on the road since beating Garforth Town 2-0 on January 4.

They lost four on the spin but subsequent draws at Staveley MW and Nostell MW helped Welfare secure their Premier Division safety.

The same cannot be said of the hosts who are in freefall following eight defeats in their last 10, although their 16-point cushion over the drop zone should be enough to ensure survival.

Welfare ended a run of eight games without a win by beating title chasers Barton Town Old Boys 3-2 on Saturday, Town’s first league defeat in 24 games.

After a goalless and evenly contested first half, Welfare edged in front on 50 minutes when Kieran Benson burst clear and beat the keeper at his near post.

Barton were level just five minutes later following the award of a contentious penalty which Ashley Lattimore converted.

Feeling a sense of injustice the goal only served to fire up Armthorpe and just four minutes later Benson burst through again and finished in clinical fashion.

And it soon became 3-1 when on 68 minutes Dave Buck’s low driven cross was turned in by Darren Mansaram.

Barton pulled one back two minutes from time through a Tim Taylor deflected shot but it came too late to affect the outcome.

Rossington Main will have revenge on their mind when they take on Hall Road Rangers at Oxford Street on Saturday and aim to bounce back from last week’s Division One defeat at neighbours Hallam.

Rangers romped to a 6-1 win when the teams met in the reverse fixture at Dene Park in October and looked like title contenders back then. But how times have changed.

They won just six of the next 15 league outings as they drifted into mid-table obscurity, while once relegation probables Rossington have become a different proposition since Steve Brennan took over the hot seat in November.

A win for Main would put them level on points with 12th placed Rangers with a game in hand.

Rossington’s hopes of a top half finish, however, suffered a setback with a 3-1 defeat at Hallam. Nathan Fraser had given the Doncaster side the lead but Mark West, Rob Adgie, Joe Charlesworth netted for Hallam.

Maltby Main are without a game this weekend and are not in action again until Saturday, April 5, when they host Athersley Recreation in their penultimate home game of the campaign.

The Miners suffered their second successive defeat last weekend, going down 3-0 at Garforth Town.