NCEL: Armthorpe take stock following October slump

Armthorpe Welfare.  Back l/r Adam Baskerville, Kieran Benson, Richard Smith, Steve Garner, William Biggs, Jonathan Mirfin, Liam Copley and Anthony Ryan.  Front l/r  Josh Gibbons, Jay Rollins, David Buck, Jay Rollins, Daniel Taylor, Craig Morley, Stuart Preston and John Tunney.    Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Armthorpe Welfare. Back l/r Adam Baskerville, Kieran Benson, Richard Smith, Steve Garner, William Biggs, Jonathan Mirfin, Liam Copley and Anthony Ryan. Front l/r Josh Gibbons, Jay Rollins, David Buck, Jay Rollins, Daniel Taylor, Craig Morley, Stuart Preston and John Tunney. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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Armthorpe Welfare have no game this weekend which will give Brian Johnston a little extra time to get his team back into shape following a slump in results.

Welfare won six out of eight outings during September but last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to neighbours Parkgate left Johnston’s side with just one win from seven during October.

What made it all the more disappointing was that it came on the back of an excellent 1-1 draw at promotion chasing Retford United in midweek when Gary Mundy got Armthorpe off to a flyer with a goal inside the first minute.

And to make matters more frustrating Welfare twice led against the Steelmen, who had not won in the league since the opening day of the season.

Stuart Preston gave Armthorpe a 32nd minute lead after a free-kick had rebounded into his path.

Parkgate were back on level terms seven minutes into the second half through Scott Preece on the follow-up.

Darren Mansaram restored Welfare’s the lead on 62 minutes holding off a defender to score from a tight angle.

But Preece with a good finish levelled for a second time before Adam Houghton pounced for the winner, ghosting in at the back post to head home.

Maltby Main’s scheduled game at Worksop Parramore this weekend has been postponed, which means the Miners’ next action will be a County FA Senior Cup third round tie at home to Oughtibridge next Wednesday.

Main made it seven wins on the spin last weekend, beating struggling Nostell MW 3-1 to complete a first league double of the season despite seeing Nicky Darker sent off on 57 minutes with the score at 1-1.

Adrian Morris gave Maltby an 11th minute lead on his debut but that was cancelled out through a Will Hayton free-kick three minutes from the break.

Rob Branagan restored the lead for the ten men on 65 minutes from Brain Cusworth’s knock down in the area.

Branagan sealed the points with his second and the Miners third 14 minutes from time seizing on a loose ball to run into the area to slide past the advancing keeper.

n Steve Lodge resigned as Rossington Main boss on Tuesday night following his side’s 6-0 League Cup defeat at home to Knaresborough Town.

A statement issued by the club said: “Chairman Carl Stokes accepted Steve’s decision with a heavy heart, adding Steve has done a fantastic job for our club but we fully understand Steve’s decision and respect that.

“The committee would like to thank Steve for all the hard work and commitment that he has put in during the last three and a half seasons, a “true pleasure”.

“Steve will remain on the club’s committee with the best wishes from all at the football club.”

Main, 18th in Division One, also suffered a 6-1 reverse at Hall Road Rangers on Saturday and were beaten again by Knaresbrough last week, going down 4-2 in the league.

They travel to Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday.