NCEL: Rossington flower in FA Vase | Armthorpe still win-less

Rossington FC are from left, back row, manager Steve Brennan, Tom Bennett, Daniel Green, Jordan Woodall, Stuart Fielding, Adam Stevens, Zack Oakshott, Brad Billam, Niall Doyle and Andy Cowe, from left, front row, Shaun Pendleton, Callum Coburn, Andy Wood, Lee Holmes captain, Marcel Chipamuanga and Jordan Hatton.
Rossington FC are from left, back row, manager Steve Brennan, Tom Bennett, Daniel Green, Jordan Woodall, Stuart Fielding, Adam Stevens, Zack Oakshott, Brad Billam, Niall Doyle and Andy Cowe, from left, front row, Shaun Pendleton, Callum Coburn, Andy Wood, Lee Holmes captain, Marcel Chipamuanga and Jordan Hatton.

Rossington Main left it late to see off AFC Blackpool in the FA Vase.

An even first qualifying round tie appeared to be heading towards extra-time before Main marksman Lee Holmes struck twice inside the last ten minutes.

Holmes, who had squandered Rossington’s best chance in the first half when going clear on goal, made amends on 82 minutes when he rifled home from inside the box from Jordan Hatton’s pass.

Marcel Chipamunga came to the home side’s rescue four minutes later, clearing a header off the line.

Holmes then sealed the win a minute from time with a good finish across the keeper after latching onto a ball over the Blackpool defence.

Rossington’s reward is a trip to West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC on Saturday, October 4.

Main host neighbours Hallam FC on Saturday when Steve Brennan’s side will be hopeful of picking up their first home league win after three successive draws.

Maltby Main also progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win at NWC side Alsager Town.

Ben Thornton gave the Miners a 42nd minute lead with a crisp shot from the edge of the box.

Alsager hit back to level ten minutes into the second half through Jordan Elcock’s speculative effort that went in via the post.

The hosts were reduced to ten men on 75 minutes and Maltby quickly made their numerical advantage count when, on 79 minutes, substitute Martin Jones converted a cross from close range, before Jones scored his second and the Miners’ third five minutes from time from Brian Cusworth’s knock down.

Maltby travel to Dronfield Town in the next round. This weekend, in the Premier Division, they visit Retford United.

Armthorpe Welfare are still looking for their first point of the season following a 5-4 home defeat against Pickering Town.

Some sloppy defending saw the visitors race into a 4-0 lead early in the second half.

Armthorpe launched a spirited fight back and Joe Lumsden found the net four times yet still ended up on the losing side.

Will Biggs allowed a Joel Ramm effort to slip through his hands to give Pickering a fifth minute lead.

Frank Belt increased the lead five minutes later and Bill Logan poked home from a corner to give his side a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes gone.

More poor marking from a corner saw Pickering make it 4-0 through Ryan Cooper soon after the restart, before Lumsden scored three times in the space of ten minutes, his latter strike from the penalty spot.

Ten minutes later Pickering notched their fifth with another preventable goal as Cooper grabbed his second with a simple finish. Lumsden swept home his fourth on 89 minutes but it left Brian Johnston’s side little time to conjure up an equaliser.