FA Cup: Armthorpe v Marske preview

Brian Johnston
Brian Johnston

Armthorpe Welfare will look to the FA Cup this weekend to kick start their league season, writes Paul Webster.

But they face a stiff task against a strong Marske United side.

Welfare face the Northern League Division One leaders at Church Street on Saturday in the preliminary round.

The tie is reward for their 3-2 win on penalties against Guisborough Town in last week’s extra preliminary round replay after it finished 2-2 following extra-time.

The visitors are unbeaten in five games in league and cup and top their respective league table with 10 points from a possible 12. So on current form it looks like a tough tie for Brian Johnston’s men who have yet to register their first league point.

They slipped to a third successive league defeat last weekend following a 3-0 home reverse against Retford United.

Armthorpe had looked comfortable as the game approached the interval, indeed it was only a goal line clearance that prevented Joe Lumsden giving the home side a deserved 36th minute lead.

However, in first half stoppage time Retford broke away to snatch the lead as Leigh Hutchinson stooped to head home a low cross.

Welfare went agonisingly close to an equaliser on 73 minutes when Tom McLaughlin rattled the woodwork.

But moments later the visitors broke down the other end and doubled their lead with Hutchinson grabbing his second from the penalty spot after Josh Gibbons had been penalised following a tussle with a forward.

Retford wrapped up the points with the third in stoppage time, a defensive mistake letting in former Armthorpe player Ben Muirhead who tucked a shot past the exposed Will Biggs.

n There is also FA Cup action at Muglet Lane where Maltby Main take on in-form Glossop North End of the North West Counties Premier Division.

Maltby warmed up for the tie by coming from behind to beat Thackley 3-1 at home.

Oliver Fearon, Liam Royles and Anthony Mackie were on target for Main.