NCEL: Paul Webster’s Armthorpe, Maltby and Rossington Main round-up

Maltby Main FC.  Back l/r Luke Sykes, Ainsley Finney, Brian Cusworth, Jamie Bailey, Daniel Reilly, Arron Tate and Aiden Morris.  Front l/r Nicky Darker, Matthew Bradley, Shawn Mitchell, Michael Cuckson and Robert Branagan.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Maltby Main FC. Back l/r Luke Sykes, Ainsley Finney, Brian Cusworth, Jamie Bailey, Daniel Reilly, Arron Tate and Aiden Morris. Front l/r Nicky Darker, Matthew Bradley, Shawn Mitchell, Michael Cuckson and Robert Branagan. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Maltby Main saw their eight-match winning streak brought to a halt following a 2-0 home defeat against Long Eaton United.

And Mick Norbury’s team can expect their excellent away run to be put to the test this weekend at promotion chasing Retford United.

In such good form, Main would have fancied their chances of making it nine wins from nine against struggling Long Eaton.

But, in atrocious conditions, a second half brace from Blaine Hancock ended Maltby’s winning run.

Main head to Retford on Saturday having won their last six on the road.

However, Cannon Park has not been a good hunting ground for Maltby since Retford returned to the NCEL at the end of the 2010/11 season, with the Miners losing their previous two visits 1-0 and 3-1.

Armthorpe Welfare turn their attention to the FA Vase this weekend and a visit to Premier Division rivals Thackley.

Brian Johnston’s side hope to end a poor run of results which has seen just one win in the last nine outings in all competitions.

Welfare slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Heanor Town last weekend, falling behind after just five minutes to a Nathan Banger free kick.

The hosts doubled their advantage on 36 minutes when Nick Hall’s shot took a deflection to leave keeper Will Biggs wrong footed.

Two minutes later Darren Mansaram halved the deficit when he slotted home after Dave Buck’s cross rebounded off the keeper.

But on the stroke of half time Heanor’s leading scorer Kieran Debrouwer struck his 26th goal of the season to restore the home side’s two-goal cushion.

To add to the visitors’ woes Josh Gibbons was sent off midway through the second period after a late challenge.

On a positive note, James Walker came on for the last half hour following six months out with a back injury and could return to the starting line up at Thackley.

It will be Welfare’s second visit to the Dennyfield this season after a narrow 3-2 defeat there in the league in August.

Interviews were being held this week for the vacant manager’s position at Rossington Main following Steve Lodge’s departure.

Main followed up their shock 4-1 Senior Cup exit at the hands of County Senior League side Handsworth with a 7-1 home defeat against Eccleshill United on Saturday in what has been a trying period for caretaker boss Dave Burley.

Marcus Edwards scored five, including a five minute hat trick either side of the break, with Aaron Sanchez and Jackson Patillo also on target for Eccleshill.

Scott Bibby pulled one back, tapping in a Paddy Mullen cross eight minutes from time.

Rossington travel to newcomers Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Saturday for the first league meeting between the teams.

It’s the first of two difficult games for Main in the space of four days with Shirebrook Town the visitors to Oxford Street on Tuesday as Rossington look to end a run six defeats on the trot.