NCEL: Armthorpe bid to end losing run against Retford

Daniel Taylor (left) scored in Armthorpe's last win, on Jan 11 vs Maltby.
Daniel Taylor (left) scored in Armthorpe's last win, on Jan 11 vs Maltby.

Armthorpe Welfare will need to be at their best this weekend if they are to end a run of three defeats on the spin.

Brian Johnston’s men face promotion hopefuls Retford United at Church Street on Saturday, with the visitors looking to bounce back from their first away league defeat of the season, 2-1 at Pickering Town.

The Badgers arrive placed sixth in the table and 12 points outside the top two, knowing that nothing less than three points will be good enough if they are to keep alive their fading promotion hopes.

Welfare were unfortunate to come away from Long Eaton United on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline last weekend.

The only goal of the game came seven minutes into the second half when Adam Burton’s 22-yard strike took a deflection to leave keeper Will Biggs wrong footed.

Welfare threw everything at United in the last 20 minutes but were thwarted in their attempts for an equaliser by some last ditch defending.

Rossington Main go to Shirebrook Town this weekend, the last team to beat them.

Steve Brennan’s side have since embarked on a nine match unbeaten run, which has seen them pick up 25 points from a possible 27.

Shirebrook won 2-0 at Oxford Street in early December in what was only Brennan’s third game in charge.

Since then Rossington have hit form, culminating in Saturday’s superb 3-2 comeback win at home to promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries.

Pontefract were gifted the lead on 22 minutes when a misplaced pass was seized upon by Gareth Grant who beat Adam Stevens from the edge of the area.

However, Rossington turned the game on its head with goals either side of the interval.

Shaun Pendleton fired home from close range before Steve Etherington’s lob from the edge of the box put Main ahead.

Brennan’s side grabbed the all important third with two minutes remaining when Willie McGhie sent Lee Holmes clear to score with a fine finish.

Pontefract pulled one back in stoppage time through Michael Staley after a defensive mix-up, but it was too little too late as Rossington marched on and up to 13th in Division One.

Maltby Main face a tough looking trip to Premier Division high fliers Basford United.

Main suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of leaders Tadcaster Albion at the weekend.

Michael Cookson’s volley from distance cancelled out Danny Critchlow’s 20-yard effort for Albion but Callum Ward’s second half strike saw the visitors claim all three points.

Maltby went down 2-0 at Brighouse on Tuesday night.