Armthorpe denied by stoppage time leveller

Jay Rollins
Jay Rollins

Armthorpe Welfare will feel disappointed not to have secured back-to-back league victories for the first time this season as visitors Garforth Town snatched a stoppage time equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw, writes Paul Webster.

Tom McLaughlin finished off an excellent passing move to sweep Armthorpe into a 32nd minute lead.

Garforth were level just five minutes later when Tim Robertson hit an unstoppable 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.

In a very tight contest chances were at a premium with defences very much on top.

However, Brian Johnston’s side looked to have won it in the 88th minute. Jay Rollins put Welfare 2-1 after reacting quickest to a rebound after the keeper had done well to keep out a Joe Lumsden effort.

But Johnston will not be happy with the manner in which they allowed Garforth an equaliser in the first minute of time added on.

Armthorpe lost possession cheaply deep in their opponent’s half. The visitors quickly turned defence into attack, launching a long ball that saw Sinmi Oyeanji get in behind the defence to run on and tuck the ball away.

On the positive side the point did see Welfare stretch the gap over the drop zone to six points with a game in hand.

On Saturday Armthorpe travel to Thackley in what is another crucial game.

The hosts are just five places and five points above Welfare but have played three more games, giving Johnston’s side an ideal opportunity to pump up the pressure on the home side by taking all three points.

Thackley have taken just one point from the last three games and have managed only one win in the last six outings on home soil.

Maltby Main bounced back from a 3-0 midweek defeat at Bridlington Town by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Parkgate.