Local football: Leigh Overton heroics in vain for Armthorpe

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Armthorpe Welfare’s 5-0 exit from the West Riding County Cup was followed by a 2-0 reversal against promotion-chasing Handsworth Parramore.

It was a result that left Welfare stuck in the North Counties East League Premier Division’s bottom two, four points adrift of three teams and safety, although they do have games in hand on the trio of Liversedge, Athersley Recreation and Parkgate.

It’s now eight game since Brian Johnston’s side tasted league victory. They have picked up just three points from the 24 available, which suggests a long, hard season ahead.

It was asking a lot for Armthorpe to come away with anything against a Handsworth side that had lost just once in 16 outings.

Armthorpe keeper Leigh Overton had to make a smart stop to prevent experienced striker Jon Froggatt giving the visitors a seventh-minute lead. Overton continued his heroics, producing another great stop from Richard Adams, and then did even better to keep out a Luke Fletcher header.

Armthorpe did threaten a couple of times on the break but found the visiting keeper in good form

The deadlock was broken inside the first minute of the second half when the dangerous Froggatt nodded in a cross.

Overton made another fine save from Fletcher’s diving header, but could do nothing to prevent Froggatt sealing the points 10 minutes from time.

On saturday, Armthorpe travel to Thackley. The hosts have been in good form over recent weeks, having won four on the spin until that run was ended last weekend with a 4-0 reverse at title-chasing Tadcaster Albion.

Maltby Main were disappointed to come away from high-riding Barton Town Old Boys with just a point from a 2-2 draw after letting slip a two-goal lead.

Two goals from Josh Nodder, including one from the penalty spot three minutes before the break, had put the Miners in control.

However, Gareth Barlow gave the home side hope and Barton snatched an equaliser through Jake Vernon four minutes from time.

Maltby are in FA Vase this weekend when they travel to Northern League Division One Seaham Red Star for a second-round tie.