NCEL: Armthorpe leave the ‘Gate open

Parkgate v Armthorpe Welfare.  Parkgate keeper David Reay is well beaten by  a shot from Adam Lee (out of picture) as Armthorpe take a 2-0 lead.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Parkgate v Armthorpe Welfare. Parkgate keeper David Reay is well beaten by a shot from Adam Lee (out of picture) as Armthorpe take a 2-0 lead. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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Armthorpe Welfare let a two-goal lead slip and had to settle for a point from their penultimate match of the season at Parkgate.

Adam Lee’s first half brace had Welfare in the driving seat but the Steelmen fought back to claim a share of the spoils.

Darren Mansaram ought to have given Welfare an early lead but failed to take advantage of a poor back pass.

However, Brian Johnston’s side edged in front on 36 minutes when Lee nodded home a Jonathan Mirfin cross.

And it looked like Armthorpe were on their way to a first win in four when Lee’s fine finish on the stroke of half time doubled the advantage.

Parkgate though had other ideas and came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second half, halving the deficit on 48 minutes through Reece Wesley’s header from a long throw.

Armthorpe then found themselves pegged back on 64 minutes when a Scott Preece free kick was deflected off the wall to leave keeper Carl Robinson wrong footed.

As the game became stretched Welfare had their chances to take all three points.

Mansaram missed a golden opportunity with the goal at his mercy, while Dave Buck’s excellent strike brought an equally good save from David Reay.

Armthorpe conclude their season at home to Worksop Parramore on April 26.

An injury time winner denied Rossington Main a deserved share of the spoils at Eccleshill United, as Steve Brennan’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Lee Holmes took his tally to 14 for the season to cancel out Connor Shafte’s 25th minute effort but Eccleshill grabbed a last gasp winner as Shafte pounced for his second of the game.

Nathan Fraser scored twice for Main to earn a 2-1 win at Dronfield Town on Tuesday night. Nick Horsfield halved the deficit midway through the second period but Rossington held out.

Main play their final home game of the season this weekend when championship chasing Shaw Lane Aquaforce come calling.

Steve Brennan will want to finish on a high note and there would be no better way than putting a dent in the visitors’ title aspirations, while also making amends for a 4-1 defeat at Shaw Lane in November when Ashley Flynn scored all four goals.

Aquaforce have one of the best away records in the division, having won 14 and drawn one of their previous 20 games on the road.

But Rossington are no pushovers at home and go into the game having lost just one of their last 10 at Oxford Street.

Maltby Main bring the curtain down on their home campaign against high riding Worksop Parramore as Mick Norbury’s men aim for a fourth win in five at Muglet Lane.

The Miners have not beaten the visitors in three meetings, since Parramore arrived on the Premier Division scene last season.

Parramore won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last term with the other two games ending in 1-1 and 2-2 draws.